Festival Chamber Orchestra

The orchestra was founded in 2002 for a performance in Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Canterbury Festival, conducted by international conductor and oboist, Nicholas Daniel.

In 2007, the orchestra was brought together once again under conductor Anthony Halstead, and has run an annual Concert Series since then. The Festival Chamber Orchestra (FCO) is a professional orchestra that enjoys exploring and performing a wealth of wonderful chamber music. With innovative programme planning the FCO cover a wide repertoire, and have performed with a range of international soloists. The  2012/13 concert series included performances with singers Michael Chance and Dame Felicity Lott and instrumentalists Alison Teale and John Harle. The 2013/14 Concert Series is now published, and includes concerts with Michael Chance, Sarah Leonard and Camila Pay. The orchestra will be performing two of Beethoven’s wonderful symphonies during the series, Symphony no. 5 in April  and Symphony no. 3 in the June Concert. The FCO Concert Series are enabled by our wonderful sponsors, Friends of the FCO and members of the audience.

“Rooted in Canterbury, the FCO is on of the great musical assets of the area”

Dr R. Dunn