Welcome to the 18th annual

East Finchley Arts Festival registered charity: 1135374

East Finchley Arts exsists to promote Arts Events in East Finchley, North London, particularly the annual East Finchley Arts Festival which is held in September-October. It was founded by Geoffrey Hanson, the present Artistic Director, in 1997, and the first Arts Festival was held in that year. Performers include international, national and local talent.


registered charity: 1081156                                       registered charity: 279376

WE COME OF AGE THIS YEAR and proudly present this year’s programme.


Our 18th birthday coincides with the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. We have marked this by including a  programme of poetry and music written by some of those who fought in that war and a commemoration of Jack Parr, a 17 year old from Finchley who was the first British soldier to be killed in combat. George Butterworth was killed at The Somme in 1916 and the Haydn Chamber Orchestra include his evocative work The Banks of Green Willow in their programme.  Pop Up Opera’s updated performance of Cosi Fan Tutte takes place in an English Country House during that war, and there will be a showing at the Phoenix Cinema of Oh! What a Lovely War. You will see, too, other things to enjoy and we look forward to meeting you at the Festival.


Geoffrey Hanson
Festival Director


Enjoy our art exhibition every evening from 6pm during the
Festival and at weekends from 12 noon until 10pm.


Art of every kind is for sale – original oils and watercolours, prints, digital art, photographic art, ceramics, sculpture and individually designed jewellery. 25 artists, local and international, 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


Saturday 13 September

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12pm All Saints’

Punch & Judy for the children


Geoff Felix presents his traditional Punch & Judy Show in the church garden, or inside if it’s wet.


Admission Free: Bucket collection


7.30pm All Saints’

 BBC Elstree Concert Band


Back by popular demand, the dynamic and versatile musicians of the BBC Elstree Concert Band, under the baton of Andrew Morley, bring you an exciting programme of music from the silver screen. Whether being involved in murder most foul, taking an unforgettable shower or travelling with us to a galaxy far, far away, you are sure to agree that there’s no business like show business as you enjoy a magical evening of music from the movies.


Tickets: £16, Front centre reserved/£12, Rear centre reserved / Sides £9, unreserved / £1, 18 and under


Sunday 14 September

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7.30pm All Saints’

Jennifer Bate – Organ: & the Choir of All Saints’


A concert marking the 70th Birthday year of International Concert Organist and local resident Jennifer Bate, who plays music on the Hunter/ Bishop organ:  including a new three movement work by Festival Director Geoffrey Hanson Salutamus diem natalem (Happy Birthday!) together with works by Durufle, Bach and two fragments of music by Mendelssohn, completed by Jennifer.

The All Saints’ Choir sing music drawn from their repertoire, extending from Viadana  to Elgar and beyond.


Tickets: £10 all seats unreserved  (18 years old and under £1)


Monday 15 September

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7.30pm All Saints’

East Finchley Writers


For many years a group of local writers has met weekly to read and share thoughts on their work.  They present a selection across many styles and genres to move, amuse and surprise you


Admission Free. Bucket Collection.


Tuesday 16 September

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7.30pm All Saints’

Pop Up Opera

A staged performance of Mozart’s opera COSI FAN TUTTE


This talented and spirited young company has been with us before. They pursue a very busy schedule of performances both here and abroad and receive ecstatic reviews. We gladly welcome them back, and look forward to an absorbing performance of Mozart’s tale of love and intrigue, in a production cleverly set in a country house during the Great War. ‘Whether you love opera, or you’ve never been to one, be sure to catch this.’ Time Out


Tickets: £20, Front centre reserved/£15, Rear centre reserved/ £10, sides unreserved/ £1, 18 and under

Wednesday 17 September

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7.30pm All Saints’



The third Festival appearance of this Balkan Band. They will, no doubt, give another of their show stopping performances.  Working their usual magic, a line-up of violin, accordions, guitar bass and percussion hailing from Romania, Serbia and the UK, they unite traditional Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical Music and foot stomping rhythms.


Tickets: £20, Front centre reserved/£15, Rear centre reserved/ £10 sides unreserved/ £1, 18and under

Thursday 18 September

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7.30pm All Saints’

 In Voice & Verse

Lance Pierson – Actor,

Belinda Yates – Soprano,
Heather Chamberlain – Pianist


Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and finally he has a Greatest Hits collection.  The best speeches and sonnets will all be featured but alongside them come the great songs. From classical compositions to West End hits you can hear how the Bard inspired generations of composers.


Which hits have made the cut is something of a secret but actor Lance Pierson bring words to life from Henry to Hamlet and Richard to Romeo. While soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain perform pieces from musicals, operas and film soundtracks, as well as original songs from the plays.

The Bard himself will guide the audience through his Greatest Hits on the accompanying projection which includes famous images bringing each scene to life.


Tickets:  £15, Front centre reserved/£10 Rear centre reserved/ £5 sides unreserved/£1 under 18


Friday 19 September

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7.30pm All Saints’

Poetry & Music marking the centenary of
the outbreak of World War 1

Readers - Fleur Adcock & Donald Pelmear


John Parr, the first British soldier to die in the Great War, was born, educated and worked in Finchley.  He was killed at the beginning of the war in Mons, Belgium aged 17.  The first half of the programme will be devoted to readings of poetry by War Poets and material relating to John Parr and his bereaved family.   The second half will consist of a performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem, a setting of Walt Whitman’s war poetry, given by the London Ripieno Singers, conducted by Geoffrey Hanson


Tickets: £16, Front centre reserved/£12, Rear centre reserved/ £9 sides unreserved/ £1, Under 18

Saturday 20 September

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7.30pm All Saints’

Haydn Chamber Orchestra

Bartok – Divertimento for Strings

Butterworth – The Banks of Green Willow

Mozart – Piano Concerto in E flat K27

Mendelssohn – Symphony no 4 (Italian)

Ivana Gavric – Piano

Ben Gemon – Conductor


The HCO enjoys a high reputation which has enabled it to attract conductors and soloists of national repute.  Their repertoire ranges from early classics to contemporary works.  Tonight they include a work by the composer George Butterworth who was killed in the battle of the Somme in 1916.


Tickets: £20, Front Centre, reserved/ £15, Rear Centre reserved/ £10 sides Unreserved/ Under 18 £1


Sunday 21 September

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2.00pm Phoenix Cinema

Oh! What a Lovely War


A significant, but controversial film from 1969, with a star studded cast directed by Richard Attenborough, based on the 1963 stage musical.  It makes use of popular songs of the early 20th century and re-enacts many of the memorable moments of the conflict.  The original musical production was a landmark in British theatre and changed perceived attitudes to the Great War.


Tickets: £7 (Friends of Phoenix £5) from Phoenix Box Office 020 8444 6789


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7.30pm All Saints’

The King’s Men


The close harmony group formed from the choral Scholars of King’s College Cambridge make a welcome return to the Festival.  Performing worldwide, their programme ranges in style from the serious to the light hearted.  All done with impeccable style, and superb musicianship.


Tickets: £20, Front Centre, reserved/£15, Rear Centre reserved/ £10 sides unreserved /Under 18 £1

Entitling you to:-

Priority Booking

Invitation to 2014 Art Exhibition Private View on 11th September 6.30pm

Invitation to the 2015 Launch event

To join our Friends Group or for further information contact the Friends’ Secretary nah247@hotmail.co.uk

BOOKING INFORMATION – booking opens Monday 18th August

Please note: Performers and programmes are listed correctly as of July 2104. The Festival organisers retain the right to make alterations to the published programme if it becomes necessary


Tickets for concerts can be booked online at:


There is a 10% surcharge on each ticket




Click here to view postal booking form

Please make your cheque out to East Finchley Arts,

enclose SAE and return to:

East Finchley Arts Festival

22 New Ash Close

London N2 8DQ



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.




TICKETS in person

Monday 18th August

Black Gull Books 121 High Road, N2

Tel: 0208 444 4717


A Season Ticket - £50 - entitles the holder to one ticket for each event.






We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors:

Bishop & Son Organ Builders

Prickett & Ellis


London Borough of Barnet




President: Dame Emma Kirkby

Vice Presidents: Fleur Adcock OBE

Rt. Rev Peter Wheatley, Bishop of Edmonton

Artistic Director: Geoffrey Hanson