Huge congratulations to Olivia Clarke on receiving the prestigious ENO Mackerras conducting fellowship. Olivia sang with FCMG as a child and many of the Senior and Chamber Choir members know her well through Summer School where she has been on the music staff for many years.
The BBC have aired a documentary about English National Opera’s recent staged production of Britten’s War requiem, which featured 40 singers from FCMG. You can watch it on BBC iPlayer until 12th March 2019.
After enjoying a busy and exciting 2018, FCMG celebrated turning 60 with an Anniversary Concert at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 13th January, singing popular British choral music including a work by FCMG’s original President Benjamin Britten, and two exciting new commissions. Singers from every period of the choirs’ history took part, making the 60th Anniversary Concert a jubilant festival of FCMG and its journey since 1958.
The Intermediate and Senior Choirs both gave world premieres: Joanna Forbes L’Estrange and Alexander L’Estrange’s Winter Songs, sung by the Intermediate Choir, conducted by Rebecca Lodge Birkebæk and accompanied by Jenny Gould; and Alastair Putt’s Under the Giant Fern of Night, sung by the Senior Choir with harpist Catherine Derrick, under the baton of FCMG Music Director Grace Rossiter. The Chamber Choir performed short pieces by Quilter, Grainger and Shearing, and were then joined by a choir of over 70 FCMG alumni for the second half to sing Britten’s A Hymn to St Cecilia and Tippett’s Five Spirituals from A Child of Our Time, among other FCMG favourites.
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.
“The Finchley Children’s Music Group sing with admirable clarity, accuracy and the crispest of enunciation.”The Arts Desk
“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