Concerts 2024


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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Concerts 2021, Past concerts

20 June Mozart to Motown via Getz with Polly Gibbons and Paul Booth

Festival Chamber Orchestra
Conductor – Stephen Barlow
Voice – Polly Gibbons
Tenor Saxophone – Paul Booth
Oboe – Ian Crowther

Mozart to Motown builds upon one of our previous concerts, Bach to Bowie, which proved highly successful. We are delighted that Polly Gibbons can join us, together with superb saxophonist Paul Booth, hence via Getz, as Paul will perform ‘Her’ from the iconic Focus Album by Stan Getz. The programme will include some popular and lesser known Classical pieces together with some famous popular tunes of the 1960’s finishing with the Motown Sound.

Polly Gibbons has been described ‘as a jazz talent whose voice is also steeped in vintage R & B with shades of Aretha Franklin’ ( The Jazz times).
Paul Booth’s tenor sax soloing is fluent and elegant, unhurried with no sense of bluster. The Concert promises an exciting mix of styles with some wonderful Mozart and Salieri through to Dusty, Procol Harum and The Motown Sound.
Programme to Include:
W A Mozart. Symphony no 29 (First and final movs.)
J Haydn. Symphony no 44 (second mov.)
W Lloyd Webber. The Moon
C. King. Going Back (arr McDermott)
G Booker. Whiter Shade Of pale (arr. McDermott)
A Salieri. La Veneziana (First mov)
R Charles. Georgia on my mind (arr Matthews)
S. Getz. Her
M Gaye. Dancing in the Street (arr, McDermott)

The Festival Chamber Orchestra has become renowned for presenting concerts which explore a diverse, innovative repertoire which still maintain the crucial element of being highly enjoyable and entertaining.
‘Rooted in Canterbury the FCO Is one of the great musical assets of the area.’ Dr R.Dunn

Sun 20 Jun

4:00 – 5:00 pm BOOK TICKETS
7:00- 8;00pm BOOK TICKETS

Tickets £21.50, £16.50 Students (price includes booking fees)
Colour programme brochure included in ticket price

Please note, this is a socially-distanced event with a limited capacity. We are utilising bubble seating layouts and masks will be required. Full event information will be emailed to bookers in advance of the event. Before booking, please read our Covid-Secure measures here.