Concerts 2021, Past concerts

23 May Baroque Passion with Stuart Orme Baritone

Festival Chamber Orchestra
Conductor – Stephen Barlow
Baritone – Stuart Orme
Oboe/Oboe d amore – Ian Crowther
Viola – Adrian Smith
Baroque Passion presents an evocative and engaging programme of music featuring works by JS Bach, H. Purcell and T. Albinoni amongst others. JS Bach’s Oboe d amore concerto, provides an uplifting opening, with Stuart Orme being our Baritone soloist in Ich habe Genug, the work having been described as a ‘lullaby for eternal sleep’.( A Schweitzer) Stuart will also feature in Purcell’s pulsating aria ‘What Power art Thou’ sometimes now known as the Cold Song. The programme explores a rich variety of emotions and Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D minor leaves the listener in a positive upbeat mood.

JS Bach. Concerto for Oboe D amore in A (1st mov.)
A Corelli. Concerto Grosso Op 6 no 9
G. Telemann. Viola Concerto in G (2 movs.)
JS Bach. Ich habe Genug
H Purcell. Chaconne
H Purcell. Aria ‘What Power art Thou’T
Albinoni. Oboe concerto in D minor (2 movts)

Rooted in Canterbury the FCO Is one of the great musical assets of the area.’ Dr R.Dunn

Sun 23 May


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.

Concerts 2019-20, Past concerts

COVID cancelled 12 June 2020 Bach to Telemann and Back!

Bach to Telemann and Back!

This Concert explores some wonderful music from a number of esteemed Baroque composers.

Friday 12th June 2020 6.00pm Cancelled due to 202o COVID

St Paul’s Church Street, Saint Paul’s, Canterbury CT1 1NH

Conductor: Anthony Halstead

Programme to include:
J.S. Bach  – Oboe D’amore Concerto in A
A. Corelli  – Concerto Grosso Op. 6 no.9 in F
A. Telemann  – Oboe D’amore Concerto in A
Manfredini  – Concerto Grosso Op.3 no. 9.
J.S. Bach  – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Tickets at
Adult £15, Student £8, FCO Friend £12.50


Concerts 2019-20, Past concerts

Cancelled due to COVID 25 Sept 2020 Not Just Standards! FCO Jazz Night

Not Just Standards!

We are really pleased to welcome Dulcie May and Paul Booth in a programme of some standards together with a homage to the legendary saxophonist, Stan Getz,  performed by Paul Booth and the FCO Ensemble.


Due to the ongoing coronoavirus situation we have changed the date to Friday 25th September 2020 8.00pm. TO BE RESCHEDULED 2022

International Study Centre, Cathedral Precincts

Dulcie May  – vocal
Paul Booth  – tenor saxophone
Steve Hamilton – piano
Stephen Bridgland – guitar
Dave Whitford – Bass,
Andrew Bain -drums
FCO Ensemble

Program to include:
Night and Day, My Funny Valentine, Girl from Ipanema, Her, Night Rider

Tickets at

Set up as an intimate jazz venue Tables of 6 £150 Tables of 4 £100
Table seats £25 Back row seats £20 balcony £15


Past concerts

21 December – A Canterbury Christmas

A Canterbury Christmas

Start your Christmas here at St Peter’s with a wonderful programme of music – some seasonal some not but all will create an uplifting and exciting start to the season

Saturday 21st December 6.00pm

St Peter’s Methodist Church, Canterbury
David Rees Williams Piano
Canterbury Voices Director Kerry Boyle
Ian Crowther – Oboe and FCO Ensemble

Programme to include:
Seasonal Choir items
Warlock –  Bethlehem Down
Corelli – Excerpts from the Christmas Concerto
Morricone – Gabriel’s Oboe
And more…
Tickets at

Adult £15, Student £8, FCO Friend £12.50


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: