Concerts 2024

2 June Letter to Alderney

‘Letter to Alderney’ will feature.

David Rees Williams-Piano. Iain Ballamy-Saxophones. Alison Teale-Oboe & Cor Anglais. Ian Crowther-Oboe.

Anyone who has visited Alderney will appreciate that it is a very special Island evoking a great sense of peace, tranquility and sense of community. During my first visit I was very surprised by the Silence, the illumination of the Stars plus the great community spirit.

Our programme this evening will endeavour to capture the above through a musical tapestry. ‘Alderney Song’ will definately be performed along with other emotive pieces.

Will be a special occasion.

Venue. St Pauls Church, Church street St Pauls, Canterbury CT11NH

Start. 6 pm with interval. Refreshments included with ticket.

Concerts 2024, Past concerts


More Music to Feed the Soul Tickets £20

The FCO present another wonderful programme of emotive and uplifting music featuring Kathryn Jenkin Soprano Voice.

Alison Teale and Ian Crowther Oboes. Conducted by Stephen Barlow.

Special Guest. John Harle. Soprano Saxophone.

Programme to include.

Mozart.Exultate Jubilate/ Mozart 29( last Mov) Suk. Serenade for Strings( 1st Mov).Vivaldi Concerto for two Oboes in D Minor. ‘I Know That my Redeemer Liveth’ & ‘Rejoice Greatly’ from The Messiah/Silencium ( theme from BBC’s Silent Witness) Since First I saw your Face. Arr Harle…. Plus more!!!!

Canterbury Cathedral Lodge 4pm.

Running time 68 mns.

Concerts 2023, Other

4 June Bach to ‘Bird’ 6pm

The Great Hall, Kent College, Canterbury
Sunday 4th June 6.00pm

In ‘Bach to Bird’ we will feature some of the wonderful string arrangements that Charlie Parker recorded in the late 1940′ and early 50′ which provide a differing musical Colour to that of his famous jazz recordings and performances. With some of the original arrangments now available, we will perform numbers such as ..Just Friends, Summertime, Laura and more.

The J S Bach Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052 is such an exciting work and the First movement will be performed this evening together with Bach’s Oboe D Amore Concerto in A major. Other works by ‘JSB’ will be included with a stunning line up of soloists featuring David Rees Williams ( Piano) Iain Ballamy ( Saxophone) Ian Crowther ( Oboe D amore) all directed by John Harle.

A Must… David Rees Williams/Iain Ballamy/Ian Crowther/John Harle


No interval..Running time 70 mins approx.

Tickets £20 (Student £15) Online

in store at Crowthers of Canterbury , 1 The Borough Canterbury CT1 2DR
Tel: 01227781515

Or on the Door.


Concerts 2023, Past concerts

19 March 2023 Just Chamber Music

Just Chamber Music
features FCO Ensemble with Helen Manente Flute and  Ian Crowther Oboe

A wonderful varied selection of Chamber Music to suit all tastes,  perfect for Mothers’ Day.

Programme to Include:

Mozart Flute Quartet/ Gluck Dance of Blessed Spirits/ Marcello Oboe Concerto/ Rutter Dashing Away plus more!!!!

International Study Centre Canterbury Cathedral Precincts.

Start time 4pm.

Duration 65mins without interval.

Tickets  £15
Available online
or from
Crowthers of Canterbury, 1 The Borough, or on the door


Concerts 2022, Past concerts

5 June 6.00pm A Musical Tapestry


Clagett Hall
International Study Centre, Canterbury Cathedral Precincts

Queen’s Jubilee Weekend – Sunday 5th June 2022

Starts 6pm….Doors 5.15pm Cash bar available.
Running time 70 mins. No Interval.

The first concert in the FCO’s 2022 Series provides a rich variety of colours and musical textures in a programme of classical and jazz pieces featuring Paul Booth on Tenor Saxophone, Ian Crowther, Oboe with Orchestra conducted by John Harle

Paul will perform a number of tunes from the Iconic Stan Getz Album ‘Focus’, and Ian will perform the Marcello Oboe Concerto with both players featured in Piazzolla’s Oblivion and The Girl from Ipanema.

Other pieces will include Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Capriol Suite and Two Aquarelles by Delius.

Will be a lovely evening..not to be missed.

Tickets £18 Under 16s Free of Charge Book here

Concerts 2021, Past concerts

18 Dec 6.00pm Musica per la Notte di Natale

Musica per la Notte di Natale

The Festival Chamber Orchestra Ensemble, David Rees Williams and Canterbury Voices

Saturday 18th December 2021 6.00pm at St Peters Methodist Church Canterbury. 

The audience numbers will be limited, due to keeping all safe via social distancing.

A maximum of 80 tickets will only be available for the performance and these will be unreserved so please leave space between family groups. Masks are optional at the performance and be respectful of each other’s space and requirements.

We will perform this Concert without an interval and estimated running time is 75 mins.

Tickets £15 Students £10 online

Tel: 01227763965
In store: Crowthers of Canterbury, 1 the Borough

If the Government’s policy for restrictions means the Concert cannot be performed, all ticket money will be refunded. Refunds can only be issued in the aformentioned scenario.

Concerts 2021, Past concerts

20 October Timeless Classics – part of the Canterbury Festival

Timeless Classics

Wednesday 20 October, 8pm

Great Hall, Kent College

Tickets £21.50, Students £16.50 (incl. £1.50 booking fee)


Festival Chamber Orchestra

with Stephen Barlow – Conductor

Programme to include
W.A Mozart                Symphony No. 29
G.F Handel                 Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
J. Haydn                     Symphony No. 45
The Farewell (1st movement)
J. Ireland                    Threnody for String Orchestra
G.F Handel                Oboe Concerto in G Minor
The Festival Chamber Orchestra is renowned for presenting concerts which explore a diverse, innovative repertoire while still maintaining the crucial element of being highly enjoyable and entertaining.Imagine you are sitting in your favourite armchair by a roaring fire listening to a variety of composers. Some pieces you may recognise, and others will be new to you but all have become ‘Timeless Classics’.


Priority booking for Festival Friends is now open. General bookings open on Monday 16 August, 11am.


Concerts 2021, Past concerts

3 September – Not Just Standards with Paul Booth and Dulcie May


With Paul Booth, Dulcie May, Ross Stanley, Stephen Bridgland, Dave Whitford, Andrew Bain & The FCO Ensemble

Friday 3rd September 8.00pm International Study Centre, Cathedral Precincts, Canterbury Bar opens at 7.15

Programme to include: Summertime, Love Me or Leave Me, Girl from Ipanema, Her, I Remember When, and much more…

Tickets: Balcony seats £15 Tables for 4 £100 Tables for 6 £150 Table seats £25

Back Row Seats £20

Available from Crowthers 1 The Borough, CT1 2DR Tel: 01227 763965

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