This year’s FCMG residential summer school held at Stowe School was another storming success, thoroughly enjoyed by our Senior and Chamber Choir singers. In just one week our singers performed a fully staged (off copy!) production of The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan and a concert in the school’s chapel with music spanning everything from Bach to a recent composition by our Patron Roderick Williams.
FCMG joined English National Opera’s production of The Dead City (Die Tote Stadt) by Korngold at the London Coliseum. Dame Sarah Connolly, Rolf Romei, Allison Oakes and Audun Iversen starred in the 6-show run, conducted by Kirill Karabits and directed by Annilese Miskimmon. The opera received four-star reviews in The Guardian, The Times and The Telegraph, with our singers described as “first-rate” (The Guardian) and singing “to perfection” (Artsdesk). It was a wonderful experience of making a professional opera production, from studio to stage.
Members of our Senior and Chamber Choir participated in a ‘Come and Sing’ workshop led by renowned conductor Laurence Cummings. The singers explored Handel’s famous Coronation Anthems in St George’s Church in Hanover Square, Central London – the very church where Handel was based for many years in the 17th Century!