The Senior Choir is FCMG’s principal performing choir and all its singers have the musical and vocal skills required for professional choral engagements. A diverse and challenging repertoire reflects the busy concert schedule that this choir attracts performing in both internal and external concerts throughout the year.Read More
“...graceful, refined, spontaneous and impeccably prepared. I was truly impressed...” The Gramophone
Sir Colin Davis, CH, CBE was an English conductor and was President of FCMG since 1997. His repertoire was broad, but among the composers with whom he is particularly associated are Mozart, Berlioz, Elgar, Sibelius, Stravinsky, Tippett and of course Britten. FCMG performed under him several times, most recently in 2004 at the BBC Proms where he conducted Britten’s War Requiem.
Born in Weybridge on 25 September 1927, Sir Colin studied clarinet at the Royal College of Music, going on to play in the band of the Household Cavalry during his military service.
He began his conducting career as assistant conductor with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 1957, before moving to Sadlers Wells in 1959 as principal conductor and later as musical director.
He became chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1967 and music director of the Royal Opera House in 1971. Sir Colin conducted the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra between 1983 and 1992.
He was the LSO’s principal conductor between 1995 to 2006 and became its president in 2007.
He has also been principal guest conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic and in 1990 became honorary conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle.
As a teacher, Davis held posts at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the Carl Maria von Weber High School of Music in Dresden. He made his first gramophone recordings in 1958, and his discography built up in the succeeding five decades is extensive, with a large number of studio recordings for Philips Records and an extensive catalogue of live recordings for the London Symphony Orchestra’s own label.
Knighted in 1980, Sir Colin was awarded international honours by Denmark, Italy, France, Germany and Finland. He became a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2001 and received The Queen’s Medal for Music in December 2009.
Past FCMG Presidents include Malcolm Williamson, Oliver Knussen, Sir Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten and Dr Eric Thinman.Read More
FCMG’s Senior Choir will be joining forces with the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 24th March for a children’s “explorer” concert including Britten’s Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra and Patterson’s Little Red Riding Hood Song Book.
The Concert takes place at St Mary’s Church, Primrose Hill and starts at 5:30pm – tickets are available on the door.
The full programme is:
ERSO ‘Explorer’ Concert with FCMG Senior Choir
Conductor: Paul Hoskins / Leader and violin soloist: John Crawford
Narrator and bass soloist: Martin Nelson
Britten– The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Beethoven - Violin Concerto 1st movement
Paul Patterson- Little Red Riding Hood Song Book
With Finchley Children’s Music Group Senior Choir
Britten – Bottom’s Dream
FCMG and FCS present a wide-ranging programme of British sacred and secular music of the last 120 years. In the centenary year of FCMG’s Founding President, Benjamin Britten, the programme includes five of his works, extending from Hymn to the Virgin and Te Deum in C, both published in 1934, to the Missa Brevis which he composed in 1959 for George Malcolm and Westminster Cathedral. We also include Finzi’s God Is Gone Up, another work from the 1950s, and I Was Glad, the setting of Psalm 122 which Parry composed for the coronation of Edward VII. The secular strand of the programme includes Britten’s three Two-part Songs, early settings of poems by Walter de la Mare, and Elgar’s The Snow, an early setting of a poem by his wife Alice, as well as two recent works – James MacMillan’s setting of Robert Burns’ The Gallant Weaver, commissioned by Paisley University and premièred in 1997, and Richard J Harvey’s setting of Walt Whitman’s On the Beach at Night, commissioned by FCS and premièred by them in 2011. In addition to settings of poems the concert includes two settings by Andrew Carter of traditional songs and Vaughan Williams’ Five English Folksongs.
Tickets available now from www.sjss.org.uk priced £20/£15/£12/£8