ABOUT THE CHOIR
President Cecilia McDowall
Honorary Patron The Rt Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Canterbury
Peter Futcher Music Director
Ed Kemp-Luck Accompanist
Miles Banbery Chair of Trustees
Janet Mander Trustee and Hon Treasurer
Lisa Johnson Trustee and Hon Secretary
Tony Eldridge Founding Chair
Registered charity No. 1049304
Founded in 1995, the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir has made regular appearances at the Presteigne and Canterbury festivals, and also at the English Music Festival, for the Sittingbourne Music Club and has performed regularly with Orchestra Nova, both in concert and on disc. In October 2011 we were privileged to perform at St John’s, Smith Square as part of Cecilia McDowall’s 60th birthday concert and are delighted to have been invited to join the London Welsh Male Voice Choir in concert at Canterbury Cathedral in 2019.
The choir performs an ever-growing repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to new commissions, and has an enviable reputation for fine standards of performance. Audiences and critics alike have praised the precision and outstanding musicianship of the choir.
After 22 successful years under the baton of founding Music Director and respected British conductor George Vass, in 2017 we were delighted to announce the appointment of Edward-Rhys Harry as his successor.
Following the amazing success of their first commercial recording made in 2004, we have made a total of four CDs of music by Cecilia McDowall and Michael Hurd - all partnering Orchestra Nova on the Dutton Epoch label.
One of the most important aspects behind the formation of the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir was to generate funds for local and national charitable organisations. Concert performances have raised well over £40,000 for charitable organisations including most recently Catching Lives, Porchlight, Pilgrim’s Hospices, Royal Society of Musicians, SNAAP and Strode Park Foundation.
Peter Futcher, Music Director
Peter Futcher trained as a singer, conductor and composer and has enjoyed a varied career. As a teacher he held posts as Director of Music in various prestigious schools across the country whilst pursuing a freelance performance career. He is a published composer of choral music and studied with Tom Ades, John Woolrich and Peter Wiegold; he can be found in the catalogues of the RSCM, OUP and Shorter House.
As a conductor he has performed, broadcast and recorded with various choirs and orchestras and on national and international television and radio working with groups including the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the BBC Singers as well as Sinfonia 21, where he assisted Martyn Brabbins.
For 16 years Peter was a Layclerk at Canterbury Cathedral and in addition to continuing to deputise there he sings as a soloist and choral member with various groups in Kent and beyond. As a workshop leader Peter has led events for numerous organisations and choirs of all ages as well as the Association of British Choral Directors.
By day Peter is the Director of Education for the Duet Group with wide ranging responsibilities including looking after the educational, piano and instrumental needs of various schools and conservatoires nationwide as well as running and producing numerous education projects and speaking on various juries and advisory panels including the All Parties Parliamentary Group for Music Education and the Music Education Council.
Ed Kemp-Luck, Accompanist
An organ scholar at Queen’s College, Oxford, Ed gained his FRCO diploma while studying with Catherine Ennis at St Lawrence Jewry. He then undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music and the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He has given recitals at St Paul’s, Southwark, Liverpool Anglican and Bourges cathedrals, made the first recording on the newly restored Flight and Robson organ of St Nicholas’ Church, Harwich, his home town, and also performed on the seventy-fifth anniversary CD of The Organ Club.
He is a freelance organist, accompanist and continuo player, and has been associated with the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir since the group’s inception. He also works with the Addison Singers, the Hampstead Chorus and the London Welsh Chorale.