19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Classical Music Highlights

Classical music events to look out for in this years Festival


The Canterbury Festival continues to provide the very best of classical music. On 20 October the opening concert in the Cathedral Nave by the European Union Chamber Orchestra includes Mozart’s evocative clarinet concerto and string music by Vivaldi. Mozart and Tchaikovsky. One of the great musical assets of the area, the Festival Chamber Orchestra gives an innovative Sunday morning programme in the Spiegeltent on 21 October featuring work from Purcell to Rutter.

Young musicians’ talents are showcased in the Festival’s Bursary Competition Final for classical players in a competition on 27 October. The event is always fiercely competitive and each year standards seem higher than ever.  The Shirley Hall on 24 October hosts pianist Lucy Parham chronicling the life of Rachmaninoff with many of his works for solo piano.

One of the musical highlights of the Festival is the concert by Sir Bryn Terfel, one of the greatest musicians of his generation, at the Marlowe on 26 October. Music by Schumann and Schubert is mixed with Sir Bryn’s personal selection. This is a rare treat for Canterbury and not to be missed.  Rachel Podger and VOCESS8 provide music to explore the acoustics of the Cathedral on 27 October and pianist Melvyn Tan interprets Schubert and Beethoven in the Shirley Hall on 29 October.

Fifty years of the matchless King’s Singers are celebrated in the Shirley Hall on 30 October with a programme spanning the Renaissance to the Beatles and the Festival closes with a romantic flourish as Canterbury Choral Society and London Mozart players perform work by Brahms and Mendelssohn in the Cathedral Nave.

With lunchtime concerts by students from the Festival’s principal sponsor, Canterbury Christ Church University, taking place throughout the Festival at the St Gregory’s Centre, devotees of classical music will find something for everyone this year.


Further details and booking information for all of the above are available at canterburyfestival.co.uk or pick up a brochure from the Festival Office in Orange Street.

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