For the past 2 years FCMG has been working regularly with Badanamu, a South Korean learning company teaching English to children aged 2 to 8. Last summer we took a group from Intermediate and Senior Choirs into the studio to record their latest song “Smile With Me” which includes a solo by one of our youngest Senior Choir members, Jack Chambers and the final animated film has just been released – enjoy!
Award-winning actor Samuel West joins the Aurora Orchestra and FCMG’s Senior Choir for a rare performance of Britten’s complete surviving film scores, alongside the original documentary films for which they were composed.
Sunday 29 September, Queen Elizabeth Hall London, 3.15pm
Thursday 7 November, Turner Sims Southampton, 8pm
Sunday 10 November, Fairfield Halls Croydon, 7.30pm
Congratulations to everyone involved in the Intermediate and Beginners Choir workshop performance of Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat which took place at the end of the 2013 summer term.
Sarah Forbes and Janie Mack – the choir directors – with their fabulous accompanists Jenny Gould and Raymond Mack, took the audience on a multicoloured journey through Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much loved childrens musical – the culmination of this terms joint rehearsals with the two younger FCMG choirs. We had some rousing choruses from the Beginners and a whole host of terrific solo performances from members of the Intermediate choir.
Have a look at photographs the full show at FCMG’s Photobox Gallery
The Conductor and FCMG President Sir Colin Davis has died at the age of 85.
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.
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.
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.
A performance at London Zoo of
THE SONG OF THE CARNIVORES
by Richard Sisson
An educational cantata to promote awareness of the five great carnivores of Africa – lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and wild dog.
“Some of the most amazing and adorable voices you will ever hear” – Usain Bolt on FCMG’s Senior Choir
The piece was first presented in Bulawayo in May 2012 by the Zimbabwe Academy of Music with a cast of over 500 pupils. The project has been developed under the patronage of the Zoological Society of London. It was conceived as part of an initiative to offer musical opportunities to students whose curriculum does not generally allow for such studies.
This performance on 22nd November was a 12 minute reduction of the longer version and was a part is a fund-raising gala sponsored by the Seitz Foundation. The proceeds are to be divided between ZSL’s wildlife conservation plans for the carnivores of Africa (including a programme to enable the teaching of this cantata throughout the continent) and the Zimbabwe Academy of Music. The event also featured a fine art auction and the Guest of Honour was be Usain Bolt.
The Finchley Children’s Music Group were joined by 10 young drummers from the Luton Music Service and the work was narrated by Petroc Trelawney.
We are delighted to announce that FCMG’s new website is now up and running.
The site features video clips, audio streams, tweets and slide shows, as well as a wealth of background information about the choir, it’s repertoire and past performances. It is fully compatible with both desktop and mobile browsers and includes a members only area with detailed rehearsal and concert information.I would like to thank everyone involved in the construction and content – I think you will all agree that it is a website to be proud of.
Special thanks to Kenneth Richardson who handled the WordPress and theme installation – have a look at his own site at kennethrichardson.co.uk
Our annual Christmas Concert will be held at the beautiful church of St Giles Cripplegate in the heart of the Barbican centre on Saturday 15th December at 7pm.
All FCMG choirs will be taking part and we will be joined by brass players from the Hendon Band.
Tickets will go on sale on 25th November – available at Sunday rehearsals and on-line at fcmg.ticketsource.co.uk.