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Wednesday 4 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

Concert-hallLunchtime Concert

Variations for Judith

Daniel Harding piano

Kathryn Cox soprano


The ten-day series involving a performance each day of an individual variation now culminates in a performance of the entire set of eleven contemporary variations on ‘Bist du bei mir’ from Bach’s Anna Magdalena Notebook by composers including Tarik O’Regan, Judith Weir, Thea Musgrave and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The set was written in 2007 as a leaving-present for the then executive Director of the Spitalfields Festival, Judith Serota, by the former artistic directors, with four new pieces added for the publication of Variations for Judith.

The recital also includes the UK premiere of Unicorn in Rainbows by Alison Wrenn, and pieces by Satie and Amy Beach.

T: Free

Saturday 7 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Ashford Choral Society and Orchestra

with Ensemble Choral Diapason (France)

HandelHandel - Messiah

Mark Deller conductor
Nadège de Kersabiec - director Ensemble Choral Diapason


Faye Newton soprano
James Bowman counter-tenor
Charles Daniels tenor
Piran Legg bass

T: £20, £16, £12 /Under 16s half price: click here

Tickets sold on behalf of Ashford Choral Society

Wednesday, 11 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 1.10pm

Lunchtime Concert
The Geoff Mason Quintet

Geoff Mason

Geoff Mason trombone
Simon Spillett tenor sax
John Horler piano
Tim Wells bass
Trevor Tomkins drums


Former Coldstream Guards trombonist and regular with the Ronnie Scott’s Big Band, Geoff Mason is one of the UK’s finest exponents of ‘Blue Note’ era jazz. The quintet has appeared on BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and at jazz festivals throughout the country, and for this concert brings a lively blend of jazz standards and bebop tunes.


T: Free, with suggested donation £3

Saturday 14 March, Canterbury Cathedral Nave, 7.30pm

The Colyer-Fergusson Concert 2015

Verdi Requiem

University of Kent Chorus and Symphony Orchestra

ReqiuemJeremy Ovenden leader

Susan Wanless conductor

Giselle Allen soprano
Carolyn Dobbin mezzo
Gerard Schnieder tenor
Simon Thorpe baritone


The University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra and four outstanding internationally-acclaimed soloists join forces to celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary with a performance of this most exhilarating of choral works. The Nave of the Cathedral is the perfect setting to capture the Requiem’s operatic power and drama, with moments of exquisite poignancy contrasting with terrifying outbursts, complete with off-stage trumpets and earth-shattering bass drum.

T: £22, £18, £14, £10, £8: click here

Friday 20 March, Canterbury Cathedral Crypt, 7.30pm

University of Kent Chamber Choir

Chamber ChoirThen Comes The Day


Daniel Harding, Emma Murton conductors

Anne Engels flute


A programme of choral and instrumental music commemorating countries involved in the First World War, including works by J C Bach, Lassus, Tallis, Elgar and Debussy.


T: £13 / Unreserved £7: click here

This concert is generously sponsored by David Humphreys, in memory of his wife, Julia.

Saturday 21 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Whitstable Choral Society

BachJS Bach - St John Passion

One of the choral repertoire’s greatest and most loved works is to be performed by the Whitstable Choral Society. Bach sets his interpretation of the story of St John’s Passion to music of intense expressive depth, and enormous stylistic range. The Whitstable Choral Society will be directed by David Flood, Organist and Master of Choristers at Canterbury Cathedral, and accompanied by the Festival Chamber Orchestra. Their last performance at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, when they sang Handel’s Messiah, was a complete sell-out.


T: Full £15/ Students & Children £8: click here

Tickets sold on behalf of Whitstable Choral Society

Friday 27 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 8pm

Invicta Voices

(University of Kent alumni choir) with University of Kent Chamber Choir & Cecilian Choir, University of Kent Sinfonia

Matthew Bamford, Daniel Harding, Emma Murton conductors

Invicta Voices


Launching the University’s new Alumni Chamber Choir, together with contributions from the Chamber and Cecilian Choirs, in music ranging from Monteverdi's Beatus Vir and pieces by Hassler and Byrd to contemporary music from Whitacre, Gjeilo and Barnum.


T: Free with a retiring collection in aid of the 50th Anniversary Kent Opportunity Fund

Saturday 28 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 7.30pm

Canterbury Orchestra

Romantic Masterpieces

Romance is in the air

Andrew Lowen conductor

Vidas Vaitkevicius piano


Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture
Grieg - Piano Concerto
Borodin - Symphony No. 2


The Canterbury Orchestra Spring Concert features some of the most powerful and well-loved pieces from the Romantic period presented in the traditional format of overture, concerto and symphony; all of the pieces were composed over a ten-year period around 1870 and all have made a lasting mark on western music.

T: Full £12/ Students & Children £5: click here

Tickets sold on behalf of Canterbury Orchestra

Sunday 29 March, Colyer-Fergusson Hall, 3pm

University of Kent Symphony Orchestra

New York

Jeremy Ovenden and Chantelle Yau leaders
Susan Wanless conductor


Sibelius – Karelia Suite
Dvořák - Symphony No 9 in E minor, ‘New World’


A bonus concert from the Symphony Orchestra to begin our Sibelius year with a performance of his Karelia Suite, written in 1915, together with Dvořák’s famous symphony with its blend of Czech and American themes. The café will be open for tea and cakes after the concert.

T: Full £10/ Students £5
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