Festival Chamber Orchestra
“Rooted in Canterbury, the FCO is on of the great musical assets of the area”
Dr R. Dunn
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 has 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 in November 2018 performed again in St James Piccadilly with guest conductor Stephen Barlow.
Most recently the FCO performed a concert titled, Bach to Bowie with renowned Jazz Vocalist Ian Shaw, which was enthusiastically received. The FCO will also feature in this year’s Canterbury Festival in a concert featuring Iain Ballamy and David Rees Williams. The FCO is very pleased to be involved with the Whitstable Choral Society.