Past concerts

FCO accompanying Whitstable Choral – Bach Christmas Oratorio

Bach – Christmas Oratorio Cantatas
Saturday 9th November 2019 at 7.30pm

Kent College, Great Hall , Whitstable Road, Canterbury CT2 9DT
David Flood Conductor


Festival Chamber Orchestra

Soprano – Catherine Futcher
Countertenor – Andrew Leslie Cooper
Tenor – Daniel Bartlette
Bass-baritone – Jonathan Arnold

Tickets prices: £15 Adults. £7.50 children and students.

Tickets available from:

GATEFIELD SOUNDS 70 High Street, Whitstable CT5 1BB  01227 263337
MUSIC BAY 144 Mortimer Street, Herne Bay CT6 5DX  01227 373364
COUNTY MUSIC 14-16 Castle Street, Canterbury CT1 2QJ  01227 762718

Past concerts

1st November – A Musical Tapestry – Part of Canterbury Festival 2019

A Musical Tapestry

An opportunity to hear these stunning musicians perform a   programme of varying musical  colours with the thread of jazz and classical styles being re-interpreted in a unique and exciting way

Friday 1st November  7.30pm  Canterbury Festival Concert
Canterbury Cathedral, Eastern Crypt
Iain Ballamy – saxophones, David Rees-Williams – piano
Ian Crowther – oboe with the FCO Ensemble

Programme to include:
Works by J.S. Bach, Marcello, Purcell, Albinoni plus improvised pieces for Saxophone and Piano.
Dave and Iain’s musical partnership can be encapsulated in a wonderful quote from David Bowie ‘ I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring’. Not to be missed!

Tickets from Canterbury Festival Box Office  

Unreserved Seating £20, Reserved seating £25

Past concerts

Start of next Concert Series 20th October ‘Autumnal Colours’

Autumnal Colours

A programme chosen to explore differing musical colours and textures which can be aligned to the current season.

Sunday 20th October 3.00pm

St Leonard’s Church, Hythe

Conductor: Anthony Halstead

McGlyn –  Aisling
K. Jenkins  – Palladio
Purcell – Chaconne (arr B. Britten)
Ridout –  Concertino for Oboe
Suk – Serenade for Strings (2 mvts)
Holst – St Paul’s Suite
J.S. Bach – Adagio from BWV12
J. Suk – Meditation on the old Czech hymn ‘St Wenceslas’
Telemann – Concerto for Oboe D’amore in A

Tickets at
Adult £15, Student £8, FCO Friends and FSL £12.50




Concerts 2018-19, Past concerts

FCO with Caritas Chamber Choir 1st June 2019 6.00pm

Festival Chamber Orchestra with Caritas Chamber Choir
Conductors:Anthony Halstead and Benedict Preece

St Peter’s Methodist Church, Canterbury

Zelenka –  Miserere in c minor
Suk   – Meditation on an old Czech Hymn St Wenceslas
Bach  –  BWV 12 for Oboe and Strings

Tickets: £15.00  Friends FCO  £12, Students £8 under 12s £5
Available: Crowthers of Canterbury, 1 The Borough, Canterbury
Tel 01227 763965  Online:

Past concerts

Bach to Bowie – FCO Jazz Night 22nd March 8.00pm

Bach to Bowie
22nd March 2019 8.00pm
International Study Centre, CanterburCathedral Precints

FCO Jazz Night
Door and Bar open 7.15 pm
Music starts at 8.00pm

Following on from our inaugral Jazz night event last year we are pleased to present a very special evening with David Rees-Williams (piano) Julie Walkington, (Bass) James Nall, (Drums) FCO Ensemble (Strings) and this year special guest Ian Shaw on vocals!
Ian is regarded by many jazz aficionados as the UK’s leading male jazz singer, and often likened to his hero Mark Murphy, he has released a string of well-received albums and was named Best Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2004 and 2007 and 2018.
Ian is respected for his ability to re-interpret not only the usual jazz standards but also rock and pop songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, David Bowie and Radiohead.
He has a particular affection for the music of Joni Mitchell, and released an album of her songs, Drawn To All Things, in 2006.
Aside from performing, Ian has worked extensively as an arranger and producer with artists such as US legend Bobby Hutcherson and British vocalist Gwyneth Herbert.


Single seats  £25 – available
Balcony seats £20 – available
Tables for 4 £100 – sold out 
Tables for 6 £150 – sold out



Past concerts

EX-MASS Plus with David Rees-Williams 22nd December 6.00pm

Saturday 22nd December 6.00pm

St Peter’s Methodist Church, Canterbury



David Rees-Willliams, FCO Ensemble, Ian Crowther & Canterbury Voices

Programme to include:

Albononi’s Oboe Concerto in F
Gabriel’s Message
Bethlehem   Down
Corelli’s Christmas Concerto

Seasonal Choir collection plus more…

Tickets: £15.00  Friends FCO &  FSL £12, Students £8 under 12s £5
Available: Crowthers of Canterbury, 1 The Borough, Canterbury
Tel 01227 763965  Online:


Past concerts

Oboes In Concert 3rd November 7.00pm, St James’s, Piccadilly

Saturday November 3rd 7.00pm
St James’ Piccadilly
Oboes In Concert

Melinda Maxwell · Alison Teale ·  James Turnbull · Ian Crowther

Festival Chamber Orchestra

conducted by Stephen Barlow
with David Rees-Williams – Piano

A wonderful programme of music which features the oboe in varying musical genres from Baroque to Jazz

Doors open at 5.30pm
with an exhibition of Loree and Marigaux instruments
Concert starts at 7.00pm followed by post-concert reception

Tickets for Concert £18 with glass of wine
Tel: 01227 763965  Email:

Or on the door


Programme to Include:
Intercession for three Oboes
Holst   St Paul’s Suite
Zipoli  Adagio for Oboe, Cello and Strings
Roth  Departure of the Queen of Sheba for Oboe, Cor Anglais and Strings
Warlock  Capriol Suite
Jazz inspired Items with Melinda Maxwell, David Rees-Williams and Ian Crowther
Ireland  Threnody for Strings
Albinoni  Double Oboe Concerto in F

Concerts 2018-19, Past concerts

Canterbury Festival – Festival Chamber Ensemble 21st October 11.00 am


Sunday 21 October 2018 at 11:00 AM

The Festival Spiegeltent

TICKETS £12.25 (all ticket prices include a Marlowe per tickets booking fee of £1.25)

Programme to include:
Albinoni         Oboe Concerto in D Minor
McGlynn        Aisling
Mozart          Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Allegro)
Rutter           Dashing Away
Purcell          Rondeau
Corelli           Concerto Grosso No. 1 in D
and more…

A sparkling way to spend a Sunday morning…

Tickets :  £12.25  online,
by phone or in person 
Festival Box Office 01227 787787, The Marlowe, The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS

Past concerts

The English Soul with Kathryn Jenkin 30th Sept

Sunday 30th Sept 3.00pm

Conductor – Anthony Halstead
Soprano Kathryn Jenkin

St Leonards Church, Hythe

Programme to include

  1. Warlock                  Capriol Suite   
  2. Ireland                    Threnody
  3. Handel                     Sileti Venti
  4. Purcell                     Abdelazer Suite
  5. Myers                      Cavatina
  6. Walton                    Two movements Henry V
  7. Purcell                     Bid the Virtues
  8.  Handel                    Sit Nomen Domini HWV 237
  9. Lloyd Webber       The Moon
  10. Handel                    Oboe Concerto in G minor

Tickets: £15.00
Friends FCO &  FSL £12,
Students £8 under 12s £5
Available: Crowthers of Canterbury,
1 The Borough, Canterbury
Tel: 01227 763965