Noye’s Fludde Radio Broadcast

FCMG’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Fludde will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 3rd July at 7:30pm. The performance was part of the BBC Singers’ concert ‘A Britten Celebration’ at Southwark Cathedral and featured FCMG President Martyn Brabbins conducting, Jamie W Hall as Mr Noah, Jessica Gillingwater as Ms Noah and Michael Crawford as The Voice of God.

For more information go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b8gf26. The performance will be available to listen to up to 30 days after broadcast.

Noye’s Fludde Tickets on Sale

Tickets for our upcoming concert ‘A Britten Celebration’ at Southwark Cathedral with the BBC Singers and FCMG President Martyn Brabbins are now on sale! As part of this concert members of our Chamber, Senior and Intermediate choirs will be singing Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, 60 years after the choir was founded to perform this piece.

More information can be found here.

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Britten’s War Requiem

English National Opera today announced details of their 2018/19 season. Included is a staged production of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, directed by Daniel Kramer and conducted by FCMG president Martyn Brabbins. Members of FCMG’s Senior and Intermediate choirs will join the ENO Orchestra and Chorus with soloists Emma Bell, David Butt Philip and Roderick Williams.

There will be six performances of War Requiem during November & December 2018. Tickets are currently on sale to ENO Priority Members and will be on general sale on 22nd May. More details can be found at ENO’s website.

Dead Man Walking Reviews

On 20th February members of FCMG’s Senior Choir took part in the UK premiere of the opera Dead Man Walking by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally. The semi-staged performance was directed by Leonard Foglia. It featured the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, the BBC Singers and a large cast led by Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen.

 

The Arts Desk ★★★★★

“An all-star supporting cast that included Susan Bickley, James Creswell and Susan Bullock, as well as a radiant performance from Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman as Sister Rose and fine contributions from both the BBC Singers and Finchley Children’s Music Group, gave their all, delivering one of the most complete and engrossing performances the Barbican has seen so far this season.”

Bachtrack ★★★★★

“the subtlety of the piece – of which there was a great deal – was coming from the voices, not the orchestra. And that includes both choruses: the BBC Singers were chilling in their impersonation of the jeering prisoners; the Finchley Children’s Music Group providing the contrasting sweetness and light of the convent’s young charges.”

The Stage ★★★

“while working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and Finchley Children’s Music Group, conductor Mark Wigglesworth ensures a tight, expertly driven performance.”

The Independent ★★★★★

The Times ★★★★★

Financial Times ★★★★★

Daily Telegraph ★★★