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 ★★★

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BBC Ten Pieces III: ‘No Place Like’

Members of our Senior and Intermediate choirs joined the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir directed by FCMG Musical Director Grace Rossiter. They sang ‘No Place Like’, a new commission for Ten Pieces by Kerry Andrews inspired by words submitted by children all over the UK. You can watch the performance above.

You can find more information about Ten Pieces at the BBC’s website:

FCMG at the BBC Proms 2017

FCMG will be performing in two concerts at the BBC Proms this year. On the 23rd of July members of our Intermediate and Senior choirs will join the Ten Pieces Children’s Choir, conducted by FCMG director Grace Rossiter, for the Ten Pieces Prom (Proms 11 & 12). Then on the 14th of August, members of our Senior choir will join conductor Kazushi Ono, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the New London Children’s Choir for the European premiere of ‘Hibiki’ by Mark-Anthony Turnage (Prom 39).

For more information on the on these proms and more go to:

National Theatre ‘Up Next’ Gala

At the beginning of March, selected Senior and Chamber Choir members were invited to perform at the National Theatre’s prestigious ‘Up Next’ fundraising Gala and in doing so helped to raise over £1 million to support greater access to the arts for children and young people across the country.  The event opened with an energetic cabaret by over 100 children, setting rhythmic gymnastics and modern, tap and street dance to an arrangement of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ sung by FCMG and Kaos.  During the evening there were live performances from Sir Lenny Henry, Tamsin Greig, Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff, with guests including Billie Piper, Lily James, Nathan Lane, Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani. The event closed with an exhilarating performance of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” by FCMG and Rosalie Craig in which the singers performed on podiums amongst the star-studded audience to rapturous applause.

Grace Rossiter, FCMG Musical Director, appointed to exciting additional role with BBC Symphony Chorus

FCMG would like to warmly congratulate Grace on her appointment as Deputy Chorus Director for the BBC Symphony Chorus, one of the UK’s premier amateur choirs. This position will run in parallel to her continuing Musical Directorship of FCMG, an organisation she has led for 16 years, and sang in herself as a child.  FCMG has enjoyed participating in many high profile events with the BBC recently, including the BBC’s Holocaust Memorial, a BBC Prom last year and the Christmas concert with the BBC Singers in December.  We look forward to further opportunities in the future.  The press release from the BBC can be found here.