2018 East Finchley Arts Festival

27 Sept – 7 Oct 2018

Director – Geoffrey Hanson    |     Registered Charity 1135374


Thur 27th  | Fri 28th  |  Sat 29th  |  Sun 30th  |  Mon 1st  |  Tue 2nd  |  Wed 3rd  |  Thur 4th  |  Fri 5th  |  Sat 6th  |  Sun 7th

Welcome to the 22nd Annual East Finchley Arts Festival,
Carmen, Miss Jean Brodie, Jazz, Tim Arnold, London Metropolitan Brass, London Mozart Players and much more…

During which we celebrate the centenary of Muriel Spark with a showing of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Phoenix Cinema and a return of the Finchley Children’s Music Group celebrating their 60th anniversary. The London Mozart Players and Ripieno Singers perform a new work,  Death be not proud, for soloists chorus and orchestra paired with a Mozart Piano Concerto played by prizewinning young pianist, Ignas Maknickas. Pop Up Opera present Peter Brook’s version of Bizet’s Carmen and StringTing Trio, blazing a trail for women and strings in jazz will work their magic.  There’s more… read on.

Geoffrey Hanson – Festival Director

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


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


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Thurs 27th   |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints’

Opening Concert

London Mozart Players

London Ripieno Singers

Ignas Maknickas – Piano

Geoffrey Simon – Conductor

Charlotte King – Mezzo Soprano

Matthew Bernstein - Baritone


Trois Chansons – Claude Debussy

Piano Concerto no 23 in A major K488 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Death, Be Not Proud – Geoffrey Hanson (first performance)


Ignas Maknickas – born in California, but raised in Lithuania, has enjoyed musical success since an early age, playing with the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra aged 9. He has won several 1st prizes for his playing, including the XIX International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Youth in Szafarnia.   Most recently he has won the Harold Samuel Prize in the Harriet Cohen Bach Competition at the Royal Academy of Music where, since 2017 he has been studying with Joanna MacGregor.


Geoffrey Simon – Australian conductor resident in London has an International career and has appeared with all the major London Orchestras.

He has held music directorships in America and Spain.  A much recorded artist, he is the director of Cala Records and of the London Cello Orchestra.  An East Finchley resident. this marks a return appearance to the Festival.

“A born conductor, whose every gesture expresses music.” Die Presse Vienna


Geoffrey Hanson – new work, a large scale composition for vocal soloists, chorus, organ and orchestra, draws together visionary poetry on the subject of life, death and the afterlife, concluding with a setting of John Donne's transcendental Death be not Proud.  It also includes poems by Shelley, Keats, Tagore, Prudentius and Tennyson.


The London Mozart Players – make a welcome return to the Festival.  This internationally famous orchestra, founded in 1949, is the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Its association with the Arts Festival goes back over many years.


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

Fri 28th

Art Exhibition Open Evening

Festival Art Exhibition


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.  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.


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Sat 29th  |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints’


Wind instrument ensemble

Ibert, Bach, Rossini, Barber, Sammartini   & Jim Parker


Formed in 1991 during a concert cruise of the eastern Mediterranean, this much travelled and acclaimed wind ensemble with harpsichord and occasional strings has a wide ranging repertoire, which they introduce themselves.


“Wonderfully melodic and beautifully crafted….the instruments blend with exceptional grace.”  Sarah Walker Radio 3


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Sun 30th  |  2pm  |  Phoenix Cinema, High Road N2

In celebration of Muriel Spark’s Centenary

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie


Based on the novel by Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie stars Maggie Smith in the title role.  Smith won an Academy award for her delicately textured portrayal of an eccentric teacher at an exclusive Scottish girl’s school.


Encouraged by her young pupils to embrace romantic ideals, she educates them about love and art rather than hard facts.  However, her controversial teaching philosophy draws the ire of the school’s headmistress, Miss Macey (Celia Johnson), and, as Miss Brodie becomes entangled in a love triangle, her behaviour towards her favourite students becomes increasingly manipulative.


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

Sun 30th  |  6.00pm   |  All Saints’

Pop-Up Opera

Peter Brook’s  La Trajedie de Carmen

A reimagining of Bizet’s famous masterpiece by Peter Brook.  Collaborating with composer Marius Constant, Brook focused his work on the tragic tale of the four characters who lie at the heart of the original piece.  Their intense interaction creates a moving and thought - provoking drama, filled with much of Bizet’s wonderful music including Carmen’s’ Habanera’, Escamillo’s Toreador Song and Don Jose’s Flower Song.  Dark and thrilling, this version will see Don Jose looking back at what happened through a series of flashbacks.


A familiar tale, but not as you expect it…


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Mon 1st  |  7.30pm   |  All Saints’

Max Bruch Trio

Mark Lacey – Clarinet; Robert Puzey – Viola; Alison Eales – Piano

Trios by Max Bruch, Anthony Bailey, W.A. Mozart, Darius Milhaud,

Geoffrey Hanson & Gordon Jacob.


Three Chamber Music Players come together and pool their experience and expertise in a delightful programme of largely 20th and 21st Century works.  Add to the mix a beautiful Mozart Trio and all seems set fair for an enjoyable evening.


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Tues 2nd  |  7.30 pm  |  All Saints’


Conductor: Jane Hopkins


This North London based choral group has quickly won a reputation as an accomplished group of singers, appearing in concert both here and abroad, together with television appearances and providing music for film.  Their concert tonight includes a wide sweep of repertoire.  Tallis to Biebl;  Haydn to Sondheim; Rutter, Shearing, and Hahn.


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Weds  3rd  |  7.30pm  |  All Saints’

Tomorrow’s Warriors - StringTing

Rhiannon Dimond, Abigail Davis – Violins

Julia Vaughan – Viola, Miranda Lewis – Cello

Aleksandra Topczewska - Saxophone


Blazing a wide trail for women and strings in jazz they are the ones to watch as they begin to make a mark on the London jazz scene.


They will perform arrangements of jazz classics such as Thelonius Monk’s Brilliant Corners, Marx Roach’s Extensions, Lonely Woman composed by Ornette Coleman.  The second half will feature arrangements and compositions written by guest saxophonist Aleksandra Topczewska.


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Thur 4th  |  7.30pm  |  All Saints’

Finchley Children’s Music Group

Musical Director: Grace Rossiter


Founded in 1958, FCMG is a highly versatile group of mixed-voice choirs for young people aged 4-18.  Founded in East Finchley they regularly perform with leading professional choirs and orchestras.  Currently celebrating its 60th year, FCMG performances in 2018 have included Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert hall for the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Vedernikov; an anniversary production of Noye’s Fludde as part of a Britten celebration at Southwark Cathedral with the BBC Singers.


Tonight FCMG present a programme of works ranging from Bach to Bernstein.


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Fri 5th  |  7.30pm  |  All Saints’

Tim Arnold

A World Premiere Screening of Lindsay Kemp's last UK stage performance. Music. Film. Interviews and discussion.  A celebration of a life of love and light.


Act One - Arnold performs songs that Kemp had chosen for a forthcoming performance piece set in Soho, including a rare cross-media performance of his song 'Change' featuring a video presentation of Kemp who collaborated with Arnold on the video of the song.


Act Two - An Appreciation of Lindsay Kemp.


The panel discussion features three artists who each worked with Kemp during his career - actor Jud Charlton (Kate Bush's The Line, The Cross and The Curve), theatre director Jaq Bessell (Romeo and Juliet) and Kemp's last musical collaborator, Tim Arnold. Hosted by actor Steve Furst, the evening will conclude with the first ever screening of Lindsay Kemp's final stage performance in the United Kingdom.


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Sat 6th  |  7.30pm  |  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 high energy sets from this exciting group. Specializing in bringing 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.


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Sun 7th  |  7.30pm  |  All Saints’

Last Night of the Festival

London Metropolitan Brass

Conductor: David Clark

with audience participation


This exciting Brass band return to the Festival in a programme to include Elgar’s Imperial March, Nimrod and Chanson de Matin and  Edward  Gregson’s Partita and Prelude for an Occasion.  In the second half of the concert there will be an opportunity to join in with some last night favourites including Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March no 1 (Land of Hope and Glory), and Parry’s Jerusalem.


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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.



Opening 28 August 2018

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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