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The University of Kent Lunchtime Concert series is sponsored by Furley Page Solicitors.


Saturday 15 March, Canterbury Cathedral Nave, 7.30pm

The Colyer-Fergusson Cathedral Concert

Colyer-Fergusson Concert imageThe University of Kent
Chorus and Symphony Orchestra


Bach, arr. Elgar – Fantasia in C minor
Vaughan Williams – Symphony No 3 (Pastoral)
Fauré – Cantique de Jean Racine
Elgar – The Spirit of England


Susan Wanless conductor

Sally Silver soprano


This year’s Colyer-Fergusson Concert commemorates the start of the First World War in 1914 with music from England, Germany and France. Elgar wrote his choral work The Spirit of England during the War, receiving its premiere in 1916. This was at a time when the nation might have expected rousing patriotic tunes, but this setting of Laurence Binyon’s war poems instead captures perfectly the futility and desolation of the conflict. The idea for Elgar’s setting of a Bach Fantasia in 1920 was prompted by his desire to heal the rift caused by the War with his friend, the German composer, Richard Strauss.

Vaughan Williams enlisted as a stretcher-bearer and was then commissioned  as an artillery officer. He was affected deeply by the carnage he witnessed and by the death of so many of his younger musical colleagues. Upon his return to England he wrote two of his most meditative works, The Lark Ascending and Symphony No 3, reflecting his yearning for a renewed sense of peace and optimism.


T: Full £22, £18, £14, £10, £8 available from the Gulbenkian Booking Office or purchase online

Wednesday 19 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm onwards

Jonathan MayerMitel PurohitLunchtime Concert & Workshop

Jonathan Mayer  sitar
Mitel Purohit  tabla


Son of the late Indian composer and Indo-Jazz Fusions founder John Mayer, Jonathan is currently one of the most versatile sitarists in the world, having studied both Indian and western music; from these traditions he has created a unique approach to the sitar. He has performed with a wide range of artists, including Paul Weller, Kathryn Tickell, BBC Concert Orchestra, Noel Gallagher, and Sir Paul McCartney.

Mitel Purohit is one of the most sought-after tabla players in the UK. He has performed at the highest level with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, The Dhol Foundation and many Indian instrumental and vocal artists.


The concert will be followed by a workshop which audience members may observe.

Furley PageT: free, with a suggested donation ₤3

Saturday 22 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Whitstable Choral Society

Messiah imageHandel - Messiah

The Whitstable Choral Society, directed by David Flood, Organist and Master of Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral, will fill the concert hall with this much-loved music. They will be accompanied by the Festival Chamber Orchestra. This local Choral Society has a very sought-after reputation for the quality and range of it performances.


T: £15/ children and students £8, available online from

Sunday 23 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 5.00pm

Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Alumni ConcertLangton Boys


Karl Jenkins – Gloria
Leavitt – Festival Sanctus
Rutter – All things bright and beautiful
Walton – Crown Imperial
Walton – March for Concert Band
Holst/Stroope – Homeland
Overholt – Gaelic Gathering
Vinson – Disco Lives


Calling past pupils to come and join present pupils and put together a choral work alongside Orchestra, String Orchestra and Concert Band performances in a day.

T: £8/Concessions £4 available from the Gulbenkian Booking Office or purchase online
Tickets sold on behalf of Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys

Wednesday 26 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Big Band Spectacular 

in aid of the Pilgims Hospice

University of Kent Big Band
St Edmund's School Big Band
Ian Swatman conductor

A special evening of Big Band swing with special guests, all in aid of the Pilgrims Hospice, Canterbury.


Pilgrims Hospice logoT: £5 available from St Edmund's School Office 01227 475600 or

Friday 28 March,The Crypt, Canterbury Cathedral, 7.30pm

Chamber ChoirUniversity Chamber Choir

Dan Harding, Matthew Bamford conductors


The University Chamber Choir explores music from the Renaissance to the present, including pieces by Byrd, Brahms, Whitacre and Palestrina.


T: £13 / Unreserved £7: available from the Gulbenkian Booking Office or purchase online
This concert is generously sponsored by David Humphreys, in memory of his wife, Julia.

Sunday 30 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Kent College Choirs and Choral Society

Howard Goodall Eternal Light

Julian Ross conductor

Kent CollegeFollowing the magnificent success of Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man, Kent College’s choirs will be returning to the Colyer-Fergusson Hall once again. The main work will be Howard Goodall’s beautiful Requiem Eternal Light, and the programme will also include a concerto performance given by senior pupils Hannah Parry (violin) and Katrina Fray (viola).

T:  Full £8/ Concessions £6 available from the Gulbenkian Booking Office or purchase online
Tickets sold on behalf of Kent College