2019 East Finchley Arts Festival

27 Sept – 5 Oct 2019

Director – Geoffrey Hanson    |     Registered Charity 1135374


A celebration of Art, Music, Drama, Film & Opera


Supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice & the Harington Scheme


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Sat 28th  |  Sun 29th  |  Mon 30th  |  Tue 1st  |  Wed 2nd  |  Thur 3rd  |  Fri 4th  |  Sat 5th

A programme to interest you - Drama. Contemporary Dance, Chamber Music, Choral Music, Film, Opera, Young Musicians and Art.  Something for everybody!

Step up and enjoy.


Venues: All Saints’ Church, Durham Road, East Finchley, N2 9DP

Phoenix Cinema, High Road, N2 9PJ




Enjoy our Art Exhibition every evening from 6pm during the Festival and at weekends

from 12 noon until 10 pm.


Art of every kind is for sale – original oils and watercolours, prints, digital art, photographic art, ceramics, sculpture and individually designed jewellery and handmade items in wood.   Twenty-five artists, local and national, are taking part and 40% of the selling price of each work sold will be donated to the two charities we are supporting this year.


Further information from Pauline Treen: 020 8340 5643       |      return to top

SATURDAY 28th SEPTEMBER  |  7.30 pm   |   All Saints



‘The Merry Opera Company has a nice line in slightly offbeat touring shows, performing them with energy charm and wit.’

Opera Now


The Pirates are here!  Prepare yourselves for a cocktail of Victorian light party fun with a twist of Merry Opera.  Buckle your swash and enjoy an evening packed full of sentimental pirates, blundering policemen, absurd adventures, improbable paradoxes – and realistic women.


The Merry Opera Company is a professional touring opera company founded by someone who was fed up with falling asleep in operas.  It has toured to 109 towns and villages in the UK, as well as in Malaysia and shortly to the Middle East, staging 398 performances in a variety of venues. It has a reputation for staging slightly off beat shows which, as one audience member commented, ‘thrill the clueless and yet still delight the connoisseur.


Tickets: £25 - £20 - £12       |       return to top

SUNDAY 29th SEPTEMBER  |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints



Wind Instrument Ensemble, Harpsichord & Piano


Founded in 1991, this much travelled and acclaimed chamber ensemble, has performed regularly at Festivals in France, Belgium and Germany.  In 2015 the group was invited to performat the Hukvaldy Festival in the Czech Republic on Janacek’s birthday, in the church where he was organist, and close to the place of his birth.

They have a discography which includes music by Telemann, Samuel Barber, and Gyorgy Ranki’s unjustly neglected Pentaerophonia.


Poulenc:   Trio for Oboe Bassoon and Piano

Handel:  Trio Sonata in F HWW 405

Geoffrey Hanson:  Quintet for Piano and Wind (first performance)




Ibert:  Deux Interludes for Flute, Oboe and Harpsichord

Bizet:  Carmen Suite for Flute, Clarinet and Piano (arr. Webster)

Caplet:  Allegro Brilliante for Piano and Wind Quintet


‘Wonderfully melodic and beautifully crafted … the instruments blend with exceptional grace.’

Sarah Walker, Radio 3


Tickets: £15 - £10       |       return to top

MONDAY 30th SEPTEMBER  |  8 pm  |  The Phoenix Cinema, High Road N2

Bonnie & Clyde



Tickets: £12.50/concs £8.50. Direct from Phoenix Box Office - 020 8444 6789       |       return to top

TUESDAY Ist OCTOBER  |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints


Trinity Laban Dance




An eclectic evening of new works, performed by undergraduate dance students from  Trinity Laban, London’s Creative Conservatoire.

Don’t miss this opportunity to catch these future dance artists on the cusp of their professional careers in what is promised to be an impressive show.


Tickets: £10       |       return to top

WEDNESDAY 2nd OCTOBER  |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints





Musical Director: Grace Rossiter


Founded in 1958, in East Finchley, especially for the first amateur performance of Benjamin Britten’s opera,  Noye’s Fludde, FCMG is a highly versatile group of mixed voice choirs for young people aged 4-18.  Under the direction of Grace Rossiter since 2001, the choirs are known for their natural, vibrant vocal quality.  FCMG regularly performs in London’s major concert halls and abroad with leading orchestras, choirs and conductors.


Since its early years, FCMG has championed contemporary music, commissioning works by many composers.


Tickets: £10       |       return to top

THURSDAY 3rd OCTOBER  |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints

A Pleasing Melancholy

Chelys Consort of Viols



Emma Kirkby – soprano,  Jamie Akers Lute

Emma Kirkby, Chelys Consort, Jamie Akers


Pavans and dances from John Dowland’s Lachrimae, songs by Dowland, Robert Johnson and John Danyel, with instrumental music by Anthony Holborne.

Dowland published the Lacrymae in 1604.  Although capable of light heartedness and humour, the title of the eighth Pavan seems closest to the mark when describing Dowland’s predominant style: Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens – always Dowland, always doleful. This programme indulges unapologetically in the glorious melancholy of Dowland himself, and of other composers who shared his doleful tendency, most particularly his fellow lutenists, John Danyel and Robert Jones, who were both significant contributors to the lute song repertorybut also seeks the more uplifting aspect hinted at by Robert Burton in his book The Anatomy of Melancholy.


Dame Emma Kirkby, described as ‘one of the treasures of world music’, and ‘whose concerts always become an unforgettable experience’; she enjoys an international career and an extensive discography.


This concert is given in appreciation of Jane Kessler, a founder member and sponsor of the Festival.



Tickets: £25 - £20 - £12       |       return to top

FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER  |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints

Carolyn Pickles, Lucy Pickles, Rea Moles


TRAVELS AROUND CRANFORD - Carolyn Pickles (after Elizabeth Gaskell)


Three ladies of the contemporary theatre, well known through theatre and television roles,

recreate early 19th century life.


Working from the Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel Cranford, Carolyn has created a humorous look at day to day life in this small northern town in the 1830’s, lingering on themes such as female friendship, family life and the impact of the railways


Tickets: £20 - £15 - £10       |       return to top

SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER  |  2.45 pm  |  All Saints


Simon Purdy


Violinist brothers, Simon and Toby Purdy, Cameron Grimes – Cellist,

with pianist Andrew Gallacher, young artists all, in a programme of music by


Albrechtsberger, Stamitz, Gliere and Beethoven


Tickets £10       |       return to top


SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER  |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints




Paprika is the UK’s leading Balkan Band whose line up consists of two accordions, guitar and percussion with regular guest members on violin and bass.  This electrifying group fuses together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity.  Fiery melodies and foot tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments in in high energy sets from this exciting group.  Specializing in b ringing rare or lost traditional Balkan music back to life, both the curious listener and the well versed aficionado are sure to enjoy a host of surprises and fast paced entertainment.


Tickets: £25 - £20 - £12       |      return to top


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Tickets may be purchased on the door according to availability. Credit cards will not be accepted on the night of the event.


Under 18s There is a special rate of £1 for under 18s.  These special rate tickets cannot be pre booked but must be purchased at the Ticket Desk on the night of the event.


Disabled access and facilities at both venues.



Open Monday 19th August 2019

Black Gull Books 121 High Road, N2

Tel: 0208 444 4717


A Season Ticket - £60 - entitles the holder to one ticket for each event.




We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors:

  • London Borough of Barnet
  • Tatler’s East Finchley
  • GLH (Greater London Hire)
  • J.G. Bryson, Printers
  • Anon



Dame Emma Kirkby

Vice Presidents:

Fleur Adcock OBE

Bishop Peter Wheatley

Artistic Director: Geoffrey Hanson

House Manager: Chris Hughes


  Website: Hughes Design


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