Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming Events


19-21 May 2017 – The Ludlow English Song Weekend

Ludlow English Song is now established as an autonomous organisation but with strong affiliation to the Finzi Friends and Finzi Trust and with robust support from other related organisations. Iain Burnside, the Musical Director, has prepared another riveting programme and you are encouraged to visit the dedicated Ludlow website to review all the details.

The Finzi Friends have commissioned a composition by Tarik O’Regan, a contemporary composer, and we would welcome your contributions. Any donation would be gratefully received and would help our endeavour to support the Ludlow Song Weekend. Please send your donations to our Secretary, Eric Hazelwood who’s address is under ‘Contact us’ on this website.

25-29 May 2017 – English Music Festival in Dorchester-on-Thames

Naturally championing English Music, the festival will be featuring works by Finzi and you are invited to review the programme below. Full details and booking can be made by visiting:

7pm, Saturday 27 May 2017
Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH
Finzi: ‘Lo, the full final Sacrifice’
alongside works by Dyson, Holst, Bliss and Tippett
Godwine Choir
Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor), Timothy End (piano)

2.15pm, Sunday 28 May 2017
The Silk Hall, Radley College, Abingdon, OX14 2HR
Finzi: ‘To a Poet’
alongside works by Howells and Vaughan Williams
Christopher Foster (bass), Timothy End (piano)

7pm, Monday 29 May
Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames
Finzi: ‘Let us Garlands bring’
alongside works by Purcell, Elgar, Tippett and Walton
Orchestra of the Swan
David Curtis (conductor), David Pike (baritone)

3 June 2017 – Joint Ivor Gurney Event at Churchdown

Gerald Finzi championed the music and poetry of Ivor Gurney. Finzi very quickly recognised the worth of Gurney’s output and put considerable effort into ensuring it was brought to public notice. Chosen Hill has been chosen for this event because of the significance it had to Finzi, the inspiration for In Terra Pax and of course his love of the location.

We are offering a full days programme with an eclectic mix of events at Chosen Hill and nearby Churchdown, situated between Cheltenham and Gloucester. This is a joint event with the Ivor Gurney Society so Gurney will be featured along with Gerald’s works.

Please see the flyer which can be found here. This sets out the programme and on it there is an application and booking form for the event. There is also an opportunity to order a snack lunch.

On arrival you are advised to park at St Andrew’s Church in Churchdown where there should be adequate parking and as the morning event is at St Bartholomew’s Church on Chosen hill, we hope to ferry people to the top of the hill and back again.

The day’s events are planned to take place as follows:-

10.15 onwardsCoffee at St Andrew’s, Churchdown
11.30 Philip Lancaster The Anatomy of a Chosen Hill in
St Bartholomew’s Church on Chosen Hill
12.45 Lunch at St Andrew’s
2.00 Concert in St Andrew’s Church.
Chester Bach Singers and instrumentalists.
Marcus Farnsworth, baritone; conductor Martin Bussey.
  Finzi Seven Poems of Robert Bridges
  Bussey Severn Meadows (settings of Gurney)
3.00 Afternoon tea and cakes
3.30 Marcus Farnsworth, baritone and Libby Burgess, piano
  Songs by Finzi and Gurney
4.30 Departure

29 July 2017 Three Choirs Worcester and AGM

On the final Saturday of the Three Choirs Festival there will be a performance in the evening concert of Gerald Finzi’s Dies Natalis. We are combining our AGM on the same day. We have booked the Recital Room at the Elgar School of Music five minutes from the Cathedral.

It is our intention to meet at 10.30 in the morning when we will have some refreshments and hold our AGM. We invite you to stay and socialise afterwards and we expect that it will not extend beyond 12.30 so that you have time to move on if you are booked for afternoon events.