Past Concerts


Festival Chamber Orchestra with Gordon Hunt
A Musical Tapestry
Friday 29th September 2017 7:00 PM
International Study Centre
The Precincts, Canterbury Cathedral

Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto for 2 Oboes in D minor, RV 535
John Ireland – Downland Suite
Karl Jenkins – Palladio
Tomaso Albinoni – Concerto for two Oboes in F major, Op.9 no.3
Karl Jenkins – Passacaglia
Arcangelo Corelli – Concerto Grosso, Op.6 no.9

Gordon Hunt – oboe
Ian Crowther – oboe
Gordon Hunt – Conductor

A rich tapestry of chamber music including the wonderful string  textures and colours of  John Ireland and Karl Jenkins together with the   vibrancy of Albinoni and Vivaldi in their  concerti for two oboes.

PAST Concerts 2016/17
25th September 2016 4.30pm
International Study Centre, Canterbury Cathedral Precincts
With Piran Legg  – Baritone
& Ian Crowther – Oboe
Programme to include:

G. Handel                  Concerto Grosso op 6 no 10
W. Lloyd Webber     The Moon
J.S. Bach                   Ich habe genug BWV 82
M. Nyman                 Time Lapse
H. Purcell                 What Power Art Thou
J.S. Bach                  Ariosa: Betrachte, meine Seel (from St John Passion)
H. Purcell                 Rondo
K. Dittersdorf           Oboe Concerto in G

26th November 2016 6.00pm
St Peters Methodist Church, Canterbury
with David Rees Williams

25th February 2017 7.30pm
Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury
Timeless Colours conducted by Stephen Barlow
with Reiko Fujisawa – Shostakovich 2nd Piano Concerto,
Mozart Symphony No. 25, Francaix L’Horloge de flore

29th April 2017 6.00pm
St Peters Methodist Church
Musical Re-Inventions with David Rees Williams
Conducted by Anthony Halstead

Tickets (includes programme brochure): £15, students £10
Or from Crowthers of Cantebury,
1 The Borough, Cantebrury CT1 2DR
Tel:01227 763965

PVRI Charity Concert
Friday 5th May 7.30pm World Pulmonary Hypertension Day
St James’s Church, Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL

With Stephan Barlow – conductor
Kathyrn Jenkin – soprano
Mozart – Exsultate Jubilate
Handel – Silete Venti
Warlock – Capriol Suite
Haydn – Symphony No. 44


Saturday 16th April 7.30pm
The Oboe in Concert
Colyer-Fergusson Hall, Canterbury with James Turnbull, Oboe
Tickets £18

Sunday 21st February 4.30pm
Sacred Songs and Secular Solos
International Study Centre, Canterbury Cathedral
Tickets £15

Saturday 19th December 6.00pm
Musica per la Notte di Natale
St Peter’s Methodist Church Canterbury with David Rees Williams
Tickets £15

Sunday 11th October 4.30pm
A Baroque Experience
 International Study Centre, Canterbury Cathedral

Concert Series 2014-15

PAST Music for a Summer Evening
with Kathryn Jenkin, soprano and Ian Crowther, oboe

kathryn-jenkinSunday 14th June 6.00pm

Handel Oboe Concerto in G minor,
Handel Silete Venti,
Morricone La Califfa for oboe and strings,
Bach Magnificat Aria for soprano and oboe d’amore
Purcell Bid the Virtues

Bayle Music, St Eansythe Church, Folkestone CT20 1SW,

PAST A Musical Celebration
Saturday 18th April 7.30pm

A Halsted
In celebration of Anthony Halstead’s 70th year, the Canterbury premiere of his composition Concertino Elegiaco and a wonderful programme of chamber music featuring soprano Kathryn Jenkin.

Mozart Exsultate Jubilate,
Handel Silete Venti,
Salieri La Veneziana   

Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent

Music for a Sunday Afternoon  
with Paul Young , tenor

Paul young
Sunday 1st March 4.30pm

Warlock The Curlew,
Mozart Flute Quartet in D,
Quantz Sonata in C minor, Vaughan Williams Blake Songs

International Study Centre, The Precincts, Canterbury
Tickets £15, £8 students, £5 under 12s, £13 Friends of FCO

David Rees-Williams

Bach & Handel, with a Twist with David Rees Williams

Saturday 11th October  7.30pm
St Peters Methodist Church, Canterbury CT1 2BE

Corelli, Concerto grosso op 6 no.1
Handel, Concerto grosso op 6 no.12 in Bb
Bach, Adagio (oboe & piano) Bach, Jesu Joy (oboe & piano)
Mozart, Eine Kleine Nacht Music

Click here for the Press Release: Press Release – 11th October 2014 – Festival Chamber Orchestra with David Rees Williams

Concert Series 2013-2014

PAST Passion & Celebration ‘A Concert for Jake’




S Barlow

FCO with Michael Chance, John HarleParrecelli & Sarah Leonard
Conducted by Stephen Barlow

Friday June 6th  2014 7.30 pm
Canterbury Cathedral Quire
Programme brochure                Photo Album





Profit  donated to Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Jacob Barnes.

Musical Magnificence!

download (1)FCO with Camilla Pay (harp)
Rosemary Rathbone (flute)
Saturday, 26th April 2014  7.30 pm

Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury



Fridays@7 with the FCO

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Friday 21st February 2014,  7.00pm
 St Peters Church in the centre of Canterbury.









FCO with Paul Young (Tenor)
Saturday November 30th 2013 – 7.30pm
St Mary Bredin Church, Canterbury





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Sunday Mornings at the Spiegeltent with the FCO
Sunday, October 20th 2013 at 11:00 am
Kent Cricket Club, Old Dover Road, Canterbury 

Concert Series 2012-2013

John Harle 2Summer Timbre
Saturday 14th September 2013
With John Harle

Silencium in Rehearsal






A Teale squareGala Anniversary Concert
Saturday 20th April 2013 -7.30pm
With Alison Teale and The Crowther Wind Quintet.
Premiere of 21 Years by Dario Marianelli





The English Soul
With Dame Felicity Lott
Saturday 9th February 2013 – 7.30pm



St Mary Bredin, Canterbury
Friday 2nd November, 7.00pm 2012
Premiere of Paul Patterson’s Two Grooves

Friday 28th September – 7.00pm
St Peters Methodist Church, Canterbury

Concert Series 2011-2012

 Music to Feed the Soul‘ with Michael Chance
11th February 2012
Shirley Hall, King’s School, Canterbury



 Movie Classics’ with John Harle
22nd October 2011 

Shirley Hall, King’s School, Canterbury



Autumnal Colours with Carol Basden & Ian Crowther
24th September 2011 

Wye Church, Wye, Nr Ashford

Other Past Concerts

26th August 2011 – Nocturne with Ian Crowther
Turner Contemporary – Margate
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August 5 2011 –  The Fairy Queen, Opera by Henry Purcell
Festival de Lacoste, Lacoste, France
In partnership with the Musicales du Lubéron. Performed by the Deller Academy, under the direction of Mark Deller, Charles Daniels (tenor) James Bowman (countertenor) Lynne Dawson (soprano)
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The orchestra has many guises, from performing with soloists to choirs. Recently the orchestra has worked with Whitstable Choral Society and The Seventy Choir, giving performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony. For the last three years, the orchestra has also played for the Garden Opera which takes place in the Dean’s garden of Canterbury Cathedral.