FCMG at The Proms 2018 – Reviews

On 2nd August 2018 FCMG performed the first act of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and conductor Alexander Vedernikov. Here are some of the reviews:

“The final icing on the cake, even if it is a bit sugary (the lady in our row decided to sing along), comes from the youthful voices cutting through the snow-scene, courageously taken by the Finchley Children’s Music Group.”

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“But extra plaudits must go to the bright and warm sound of the Finchley Children’s Music Group, who combined with the lovely twinkling sound of the orchestra to close the piece with a magical Waltz of the Snowflakes.”

Bachtrack ★★★

“…as part of a refreshing reading. The ethereal voices of the Finchley Children’s Music Group offered that in their wordless chains of thirds in the final section as the ballet moves from inside the Silberhaus family home to the snow-strewn landscape of a pine forest.”

Classical Source

You can listen back to the BBC Radio 3 broadcast of this Prom until 1st September 2018. Click here for more details.

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.

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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.