24.03.12 19.45, Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church London NW11; £13.00, £7.00 Students, £1.00 Children

Finchley Choral Society’s spring concert will feature a selection of ‘British Choral Classics’ including ‘The Blue Bird’ by Stanford, ‘I Was Glad’ by Parry (which was sung at The Royal Wedding in 2011), partsongs by Vaughan Williams and Finzi and ‘Old Joe has gone fishing’ by Britten.

This is from Act 1 Scene 2 of Britten’s opera Peter Grimes. The scene is set in the village pub, the Boar, while a violent storm rages outside. Grimes the fisherman, regarded as an outsider and object of suspicion by the villagers, enters and sings a visionary and mystifying aria “Now the Great Bear and Pleiades”.

He is attacked by one of the villagers, but another villager, to calm the tension, starts up the sea-shanty “Old Joe has gone fishing”, which takes on the form of a round as the others join in.

FCS will also perform ‘The Gallant Weaver’, a setting of the Burns poem by MacMillan, which echoes the wistful dreamlike nature of the country side evoked
in the poem, and another partsong (a style related to madrigals) – ‘As Torrents in Summer’ by Elgar. The text is by Longfellow and the gentle harmonies evoke
the soft fall of summer rain , building up like the rush of strong water before gently receding.

An evening of beautiful and lyrical choral music conducted by Finchley Choral Society’s Musical Director Grace Rossiter, accompanied by Organist Richard Harvey.

FCS was founded over one hundred years ago to give local people the opportunity to take part in high quality music making. It is now a thriving community choir presenting 3-4 concerts a year. The choir will be returning to the Free Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb. This impressive Grade I listed building, built by architect Edwin Lutyens in a similar style to St Jude’s, is one of the choir’s regular concert venues.

‘This concert will have done much to confirm Finchley’s deserved and growing reputation. Rossiter is giving them the confidence to grow and the opportunity to take risks…’

David Winskill (Ham & High) on Beethoven’s Mass in C

Saturday 24th March 2012

Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, 
Central Square, London NW11 7AG at 7.45pm

Stanford The Blue Bird

Parry I was Glad

Blest Pair of Sirens

MacMillan The Gallant Weaver

Vaughan Williams Three Elizabethan Songs

Elgar As torrents in summer

The Spirit of the Lord

Britten Old Joe has gone fishing

Finzi Seven part-songs – selection

Howells Like as the Hart

Grace Rossiter Conductor

Richard Harvey Organ

Tickets £13.00 / £7.00 students/ £1.00 children

Tickets are available from the FCS box office 020 7263 3358, FCS members, on the door, or from Les Aldrich Music, 98 Fortis Green Road, N10 3HN.

www.finchleychoral.org.uk

More info: Andrew Palmer 07855 384123 andypalmer007@gmail.com