Finsbury Park Singers and Finsbury A Cappella conducted by Charles MacDougall
Gavin Cranmer-Moralee baritone
Harry Baker pianist
Please ensure your phone and any other electronic devices are switched to silent. Enjoy the concert!
There will be a retiring collection in support of the Whittington Health Charity
Finsbury Park Singers
Glow Eric Whitacre
Fantasia on Christmas Carols Ralph Vaughan Williams
Northern Lights Ola Gjielo
Finsbury A Cappela
Njoktje Frode Fjelheim
Excerpts from A Ceremony of Carols Benjamin Britten
– As dew in Aprille
– This Little Babe
The Christmas Song Mel Tormé and Robert Wells, arr. Kirby Shaw
Finsbury Park Singers
The Wexford Carol Traditional arr. John Rutter
Mary, Did You Know? Mark Lowry & Buddy Green, arr. Jack Shrader
A few words about Sing for your Lungs and the Whittington Health Charity – Katherine Mobey, Fundraising Manager
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Meredith Wilson, arr. Mark Hayes
Finsbury Park Singers
Finsbury Park Singers is a mixed-voice community choir based in North London, founded by Hannah Brine in September 2018. In 2019 the choir performed at the BBC Proms in a performance of In the Name of the Earth by John Luther Adams, and in 2020 it was performed Andre Thomas’ Symphonic Gospel Spirit with the London Symphony Orchestra as part of a massed choir. During the covid lockdown the singers created several virtual choir videos, and continuing their charity fundraising efforts. Find out more at www.finsburyparksingers.uk
Finsbury A Cappella
Finsbury A Cappella is a new upper voices vocal ensemble, founded in January 2023. The ensemble welcomes new members by audition for the Spring term which begins on Tuesday 16th January – for more information, visit www.finsburyacappella.co.uk
Charles MacDougall, known equally for his singing and his transformative work with choirs and singers, was appointed director of Finsbury Park Singers and Finsbury A Cappella in early 2023.
A former member of internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8, he now sings for a number of other ensembles, including Gabrieli Consort and Players, London Voices (appearing on numerous film soundtracks) and London Early Opera (including as a soloist on their releases Handel at Vauxhall, Vol.1 & 2, Signum Classics), as well as undertaking solo engagements internationally.
An accomplished choral conductor and vocal coach, he is Chorus Director for Gabrieli ROAR, Vocal Ensembles Coach and Tutor in Vocal Studies at Junior Trinity (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance) and directs 3 choirs in London. Recent directing highlights include conducting the world premieres of both Errollyn Wallen’s MAP: Songs For Children Everywhere for Britten-Pears Arts in Hull and Snape Maltings, and David Bruce’s Songs of Home for the 25th anniversary of The Voices Foundation at St John’s Smith Square. He is extremely active as a workshop leader, presenting sessions for the BBC Singers, UK Choir Festival, Association of British Choral Directors, LSO and Stay At Home Choir.
As an educator, he was part of the team that received the Music and Drama Education Award for Excellence in Primary/Early Years 2018 and he helped devise and deliver the daily Virtual Sing for children on lockdown in 2020. In 2021 he wrote the first volume of Inside Singing, a choral resource for primary school choir leaders, shortlisted for Outstanding Music Education Resource in the Music and Drama Education Awards 2023.
A fierce advocate for the importance of music and music education, he is the Choral Director of Voices Foundation, an Ambassador for Britten-Pears Arts, a Trustee of IntoOpera, and a Director and Trustee of the Choral Foundation, Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace.
Gavin Cranmer-Moralee – baritone
Gavin is a most accomplished ensemble singer and soloist and primarily performs across the UK and Europe with the ensembles Tenebrae, Polyphony and the Academy of Ancient Music. He regularly joins the BBC Singers for their diverse concert schedule, having featured on a number of their recording projects and for live radio broadcasts from St Paul’s, Knightsbridge and the Maida Vale studios, as well as the annual BBC Proms season. Gavin is a member of the award winning early music group Ensemble Pro Victoria and is about to join for their fourth recorded disc under the Delphian music label.
Gavin is a Gentleman of His Majesty’s Chapel Royal Choir, Hampton Court Palace and sings for Sunday and weekday services plus royal occasions both at Hampton Court and St James’s Palace. Additionally, he holds a regular position at Holy Sepulchre Church, Holborn. He also deputises at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Temple Church, Westminster Cathedral and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He is equally in demand as a recording vocalist for film scores and TV/radio adverts.
Gavin started singing at the age of 7 in the parish church of St Barnabas, Dulwich. It was during his time here, under the tuition of the renowned organist Dr William McVicker, that he won the last ever RSCM Choirboy of the Year. With this came considerable solo performing opportunities all over the UK, plus the recording of 4 CDs and regular TV and radio broadcasts. He studied for an Undergraduate degree in Vocal performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with John Wakefield and Helen Yorke as his teacher and vocal coach respectively. He currently studies with Alison Wells.
Harry Baker – pianist
Harry Baker is an award-winning improvising pianist and composer active at the highest levels of both jazz and classical performance.
As a jazz musician, Harry has worked with top jazz performers at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, King’s Place and the Jazz Cafe. As a classical pianist, collaborations with artists including singers Fatma Said (Warner Classics), Danielle de Niese (Metropolitan Opera) and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason have led to performances at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, the Verbier Festival and the Konzerthaus Dortmund, in addition to media performances on BBC1&2, BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3.
Upcoming international touring highlights include the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland in Summer 2024, alongside a series of European performances with Kanneh-Mason in late 2024. The pair will showcase their unique collection of classical, jazz and folk at the Konzerthaus Berlin and in Haarlem, Netherlands, featuring music from their collaboration on Kanneh-Mason’s album, ‘Song’ (Decca).
In early 2020, Harry released his debut album, The Floating Boy, a suite for big band and voices performed by the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra and vocal group The Oxford Gargoyles. The album launch was accompanied by a feature interview in London Jazz News and was played on Jazz FM, leading presenter Helen Mayhew to comment that “the future of British jazz is in very capable hands.”
Harry is in-demand as a session musician, and has performed on BBC Radios 2 and 3 and BBC One and Two with Gareth Malone and Zak Abel. He is also a passionate advocate for music education: recent work includes lectures on ‘How to Practise’ and ‘How to Perform’ for the David Ross Education Trust, and performances at Cadogan Hall and in the Olympic Park as Musician-in-Residence at Bobby Moore Academy.
Whittington Health Charity
The Whittington Health Charity works alongside Whittington Health NHS Trust, enhancing the quality of care and improving the experiences of patients and staff by funding projects that go above and beyond what the NHS is able to provide. Sing for your lungs is a free weekly singing group for people with long-term respiratory issues, and patients suffering from long covid.
Making a difference to the lives of over 500,000 people across north London, the charity’s goal is to make a real and positive difference to every patient, their families and all NHS colleagues.
A huge thanks to all the singers involved in tonight’s concert for their hard work. An especially big thank you goes to the team of volunteers from the choir who have helped make this event possible.
Thanks to the staff at St Mary’s and to you, our lovely audience, for supporting us.