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Thursday, 03 March 2016 03:48

FCS Spring Concert 2016

Written by Andrew Palmer

Finchley Choral Society Spring Concert 2016


Saturday 19th March,



St Pancras Church,

Euston Road, London





HAYDN  Missa Sancti Nicolai

                      Salve Regina

MOZART  Laudate Dominum


VIVALDI  Magnificat


Emma Tring  soprano

Margaret Cameron  mezzo soprano

Stephen Jeffes  tenor

Robert Rice  baritone


Finchley Choral Society

Florian Chamber Orchestra


Richard Harvey  organ

Grace Rossiter  conductor


Tickets: £15 (adults), £7 (students), £1 (under 16).

Tickets available from FCS Box Office: 020 7263 3358 & 020 8340 1418 Les Aldrich Music, N10 3HN: 020 8883 5631 and on the door.
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Monday, 23 November 2015 21:43

Autumn Concert review

Written by Andrew Palmer

Finchley Choral Society concert in St Michael's Highgate - review

Crikey it was cold walking up Highgate Hill on Saturday evening; winter has arrived and the north wind did blow.

But it was worth it. Finchley Choral Society were performing in the lovely, unspoiled, St Michael’s Church and they had put together a  cracking programme of sacred works by some lesser known composers, mainly from eastern Europe.

The first part of the evening was given over to Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly and his fabulous Missa Brevis with Richard Harvey on keyboards. A booming, sombre bass from the organ opens the piece and the chorus reminds us of their crystal diction and fantastic, responsive rapport with conductor Grace Rossiter.  In several part of the work the choir produced a wall of sacred sound.

St Michael’s hasn’t followed the trend of ripping out its old pews and replacing them with upholstered chairs and suffocating the flagstones with carpets. Happily, the acoustic remains fantastic.  The choir has seventy voices and the sopranos and altos were able to create the beautiful resonances of a convent choir, but, with only fourteen male voices, there was little that the engine room could do to get the profundo noises that the work would have benefited from.

After the interval we were treated to some almost ethereal short pieces that were delicate, pious and simply heavenly. Grace had chosen the programme well and the themes of spiritual abandon and total devotion were brilliantly interpreted by her choir.

The next concert is in March at St Pancras Church – well worth a 91 bus ride!

Monday, 12 October 2015 15:20

FCS Autumn concert 2015

Written by Andrew Palmer













Saturday 21st November 2015, 7.30pm


Kodaly  Missa Brevis

Gorecki  Totus Tuus


Lauridsen  O nata lux

                       O magnum mysterium


Part  Bogoroditse Djevo


Arensky  Otche nash









St Michael's Church, Highgate, N6 6JB




Tickets: £15 (adults), £7 (students) and £1 (under 16s). Performance starts 7.30pm

Tickets available from FCS Box Office: 020 7263 3358 & 020 8340 1418

Les Aldrich Music, N10 3HN: 020 8883 5631 and on the door.





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