The Big Give Christmas Challenge 2018

WE HAVE EXCEEDED OUR £8000 TARGET WITH 3 DAYS STILL TO GO!!!

A huge thank you to everyone who baked cakes, bought cakes and donated directly to our Big Give Project – the response has been overwhelming. The match funds are now exhausted so further donations will no longer be doubled, but please don’t stop supporting us!

It’s our 60th anniversary – let’s aim high!  Another £3000 would secure the singing & musicality tutor for a third year.  It would amazing to be able to announce that we have raised this at our 60th Anniversary Concert on 13th January 2019.

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Britten’s War Requiem at English National Opera

FCMG are currently singing at English National Opera in a staged production of Britten’s War Requiem conducted by FCMG President Martyn Brabbins.

Performances continue until 7th December 2018. You can get tickets at English National Opera.

Reviews

“The Finchley Children’s Music Group sing with admirable clarity, accuracy and the crispest of enunciation.”

The Arts Desk

“And what about the spatial possibilities afforded by the opera-house setting? Having distance between the different groups of performers was important to Britten, but the only nod to that idea here comes when the excellent Finchley Children’s Music Group sing offstage and high up for the final pages.”

The Guardian

“The grouping of the chorus … plus the Finchley Children’s Music Group and additional child actors – is masterly in its variety and conviction.”

The Stage

“inspired singing by the chorus and by the Finchley Children’s Music Group “

The Independent

“Fine contributions came too from the Finchley Children’s Music Group”

Evening Standard

The Silver Tassie

On 10th November 2018, trebles from FCMG joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth for a performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera The Silver Tassie.

The concert was broadcast live from the Barbican on BBC Radio 3 and you can listen back to it on BBC Sounds until Monday 10th December 2018.

Reviews

“Ryan Wigglesworth marshalled the BBCSO (as well as the men of the BBC Singers and the impressive boys of the Finchley Children’s Music Group) in a wonderfully nervy, energised performance, catching the cross-currents of a score that’s never still.”

The Arts Desk ★★★★★

“This concert staging of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera based on Sean O’Casey’s play was forcefully conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth and sung by a consistently strong cast.”

The Guardian ★★★★★

“Mark-Anthony Turnage’s masterly opera The Silver Tassie, last heard in 2002, made a welcome return as the centrepiece of London’s Barbican Armistice remembrance series, its power to move undimmed and the great arc of its hugely ambitious score vivid in all its clamorous beauty.”

Bachtrack ★★★★★

“Act II came across particularly well, as the men of the BBC Singers and the Finchley Children’s Music Group formed the double choir of soldiers, with Turnage having included a children’s chorus to emphasise just how young the generation that served at the front really was.”

musicOMH ★★★★★

“…and there was staunch support from Sally Matthews, Brindley Sherratt and Alexander Robin Baker among others – not to mention the excellent BBC Singers and Finchley Children’s Music Group.”

The Telegraph ★★★★

“A strong cast ensured that Saturday’s concert performance made its mark.”

Financial Times ★★★★

“The vigorous male voices of the BBC Singers and the animated Finchley Children’s Music Group were poignantly juxtaposed with the passing parade of boy stretcher-bearers.”

Opera Today