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Canterbury Choral Society Canterbury Philharmonic Orchestra

Beethoven Fauré

Richard Cooke Sophie Bevan Laura Kelly

Edward Hughes Michael Pearce

Symphony No 9 Requiem

Conductor Soprano Alto

Tenor Bass

The Ninth Symphony with its explosive Ode to Joy climax shows Beethoven at the height of his powers. It illustrates his tempestuous side, and also some of his deepest and most inward-looking musical thoughts of freedom and brotherhood. ‘This kiss for the whole world’ writes Schiller, and the music reaches out as if to embrace the whole world and the firmament beyond.

By contrast, Fauré’s Requiem is one of tranquility and calm. It stands alone, finely-wrought, intense, subtle and heartfelt, and far-removed from the grander gestures of Brahms, Berlioz and Verdi. Its apparent simplicity does not hide the high degree of skill and invention that Fauré brought to this favourite of works in the choral repertoire, and it represents a worthy foil to the Beethoven.

Saturday 30 October Cathedral Nave 7.30pm

Tickets £28.50 £25 £20 £15 £10 Sponsored by


Free lunchtime concerts at St Gregory’s Centre for Music, North Holmes Road at 1pm. For further information please contact 01227 782244.

Monday 18 October Alea Quartet

Recipients of a Postgraduate String Quartet Scholarship at CCCU, the Alea Quartet performs Haydn Opus 20 No 2 and Schumann Opus 41 No 2.

Tuesday 19 October Schumann and Brahms – A Celebration

To celebrate the anniversary of Schumann’s birth and the friendship between him and Brahms, Rupert Jones (piano) and Grenville Hancox (clarinet) perform Schumann’s lyrical Fantasiestücke and Brahms’ mighty Sonata in F minor Opus 120 No 1.

Wednesday 20 October But Love Fell Out With Me

A journey through the humorous and dark sides of love with Laure Meloy (soprano) and David Pickup (piano). A vocal concert of love songs with a difference, via the poetry of Dorothy Parker (set by Seymour Barab), Benjamin Britten’s Cabaret Songs, Leonard Bernstein arias, and the Richard Rodgers songbook.

Thursday 21 October Preludes Opening Chopin’s Preludes to a fresh, 21st

Friday 22 October The Dream Kitchen Quartet

Award-winning jazz vocalist Paola Bottomley and pianist/composer Frances Knight are joined by Dream Kitchen rhythm section Vince Clarke and Alex Keen. The recipe: lyrical originals and eclectic standards.

08 century

approach, Sam Bailey and Matt Wright use familiar harmonies as a starting point for acoustic and digital improvisations.

Monday 25 October Violin Duets and Solos

Former Royal Academy students, Charlotte Bonneton and Daniel Pioro offer an exciting programme of violin solos and duets, including works by Bach and Prokofiev, as well as new pieces by young composers from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Tuesday 26 October The Romantic Piano Songbook

Cathy Parkin and Matthew Shipton present a series of songs by pianist composers, from the folk song arrangements of Beethoven through the lost songs of John Field.

Wednesday 27 October In aid of UNICEF

Bach and Bartók

Violinist Carmel Kaine performs Bach Sonata in D minor No 2, and Bartók Sonata No 1 for Violin and Piano (pianist Daniel King Smith).

Thursday 28 October Composers’ Competition

Original pieces by Music Department student composers, directed by Roderick Watkins. The concert will be followed by the presentation of the annual Canterbury Festival Composition Prize.

Friday 29 October Tribute to the Great Latin Big Bands

Featuring the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Rodriquez and the classic sounds of the Palladium in the 1950s. Director: Mike Hamnett

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