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, including Dame Felicity Lott, John Harle, Michael Chance, Alison Teale, James Turnbull, Sarah Leonard and Iain Ballamy. The FCO have been involved in a wonderful project with Rock Choir accompanying the Choir in a number of workshop days around the country. The FCO now regularly work with local pianist David Rees Williams and later in the year perform again in St James Piccadilly with guest conductor Stephen Barlow. The FCO are very pleased to be involved with the Whitstable Choral Society

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

Dr R. Dunn