Registered Charity 1135374

8 - 16 October 2016

Director – Geoffrey Hanson


Welcome to the 20th East Finchley Arts Festival 8-16 October 2016


Dear People of East Finchley.  We present the 20th Annual Arts Festival, a varied and interesting week of events for your delight.  We hope you will sample them, perhaps start by finding out more about East Finchley by joining the walk Pigs, pubs and people with John Pickering.  Several performers make   return visits to us – Massive Violins who made such a massive impression last year; the talented  Pop-Up Opera who need no introduction, the London Mozart Players and the London Ripieno Singers who present an evening of English music and mark Gerald Finzi’s anniversary.  Young children will enjoy Chickenshed and two local schools will present their own programme of music.  Gilbert and Sullivan will be celebrated at the Phoenix and Fleur Adcock and Lorraine Mariner will read their poetry at Black Gull.  A piano recital by the brilliant recitalist Masayuki Tayama and Folk Music with the Askew Sisters might tempt you……read on.

Geoffrey Hanson  - Festival Director

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

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

Phoenix Cinema, High Road, N2 9PJ

Black Gull Books, 121 High Road, N2

Supporting Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice Registered Charity1081156
e Harington Scheme Registered Charity 279376


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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.  Twenty-five 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


Sat 8th    |  10.00am  | Martin’s School

Pigs, pubs and people 

A walking tour of East Finchley with John Pickering.


Meet at Martin School


Sat 8t h   |  11.00am  | Location

CHICKENSHED – for children 0-7 years


This hugely popular show for young children is informal, lively and engaging and the children are given the opportunity to watch or become a part of the performance. By brilliantly combining elements of storytelling, songs, dance, an array of puppeteering styles, improvisation, slapstick and characters in full body suits, Tales from the Shed conveys a wide range of themes and concepts, both educational and entertaining.


’If you have young children, get yourself to this show straight away.  If you don’t, borrow one or just go anyway for a wonderful reminder of the power of theatre and the sheer pleasure it can bring.’ 5*****Broadway Baby




Tickets:  Adult accompanied by child £10; others £6;
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Sat 8th    |  7.30 pm  | Location


Six singing cellists perform their genius version of rock and pop classics, from Queen to Eminem via Abba, Clean Bandit, Beach Boys, Britney Spears and even some Mozart.  It’s a good laugh.  Visit their website at: www.massiveviolins.co.uk  for more information.



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Sun 9th    |   2.30 pm  | All Saints’

Manorside & Martin Primary Schools

A concert given by children from two local schools.

Admission free – Bucket collection: proceeds divided between Festival expenses and Festival charities.

Sun 9th    |   7.30 pm  | All Saints’

Piano Recital given by Masayuki  Tayama

Masayuki  Tayama, one of today’s most accomplished pianists, is much in demand across Europe and Japan both as solo recitalist and concerto player.  He has a wide repertoire and  an enviable reputation as a Rachmaninov specialist and is currently in the midst of a project to record Rachmaninov’s complete works for solo piano. www.masatayama.com


W.A. Mozart -   Twelve Variations on a theme ‘Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman’ K265 ‘ Twinkle Twinkle’

L.V.  Beethoven -  Sonata in F minor Op 57 Appassionata

S. Rachmaninov – Morceaux de Salon Op 10. Nocturne in A minor: Valse in  A major: Barcarolle in G minor: Melodie in E minor: Humoresque in G major: Romance in F minor: Mazurka in D flat major


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Mon 10th   |  7.30 pm  | All Saints’

Poetry at Black Gull Books

121 High Road N2


With Fleur Adcock & Lorraine Mariner

Fleur Adcock is a New Zealander by birth although she has lived in England since 1963. She has won various awards for her poetry including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2006 and was awarded OBE in 1996.  In her poems her tone is restrained, rational and conversational.  ‘The tone I feel at home in is one in which I can address people without embarrassing them; I should like them to relax and listen as if to an intimate conversation.’


Lorraine Mariner was born in 1974 and lives in London.  A librarian at the Poetry Library Southbank Centre, her poetry collection ‘Furniture’ was published by Picador in 2009 and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for best First Collection and the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize.  Her second collection ‘There Will Be No More Nonsense’ was published by Picador in 2014.




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Tue 11th   |  7.30 pm  | All Saints’

Orfeas String Quartet

Orpheus Papafillipou, Stephanie Waite – Violins;

Nichola Blakey – viola; Daniel Burrowes - cello; Rimantas Vingras   - Piano

J S Bach – Keyboard Concerto in A major

Mozart – String Quartet in C major (Dissonance)  K465




Borodin – String Quartet No 2 in D major

Geoffrey Hanson – Five Nocturnes for Tenor and Chamber Ensemble


Founded by Orpheus Papafilippou in 2004 the quartet the quartet has travelled a long and varied music al journey seeing them forge deep relationships with outstanding composers of today who entrust them with the premiers of their works.  In their formative years they were inspired by the musical insights of Michael Bochmann and George Hadjinikos. Highlights include performing in the Royal Festival Hall, for the reopening celebrations of St Martin in the Fields, National Portrait Gallery and Guildford International Music Festival.  Their repertoire ranges from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven through Dvorak and Shostakovich to Amir Sadeghi Konjani, Denise Mangiardi and Aziza Sadikova.  Currently holding a residency at St John’s Notting Hill, the quartet, with funding provided by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, has begun a programme of workshops and informal concerts for children, and care homes in the borough, bringing the joy of music to those less able to go to concerts.  In addition to regular performances as a quartet they also perform as the Music of the Spheres Ensemble.


Pablo Strong read music at St John’s College Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar and Lay Clerk.  He continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music and on the English National Opera Works Scheme.  As a member of English National Opera he has sung solo roles and as a member of the chorus. Other roles as soloist have included Count Almaviva in Barber of Seville for Jackdaws Opera; Colonel Fairfax at 2013 Buxton Opera International G & S Festival; Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with Wandsworth Festival Chorus.




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Wed 12th   |  7.30 pm  | All Saints’

The Pantaloons Theatre Company

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde


The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company present their horrifically innovative take on Robert Louis Stevenson’s murky tale of murder, mystery and transmogrification!  When lawyer John Utterson fears that his friend Dr Jekyll is being blackmailed by the shadowy and violent Mr Hyde he begins an investigation that will inexorably lead him to the shocking truth of this strange case – but will it be too late…?




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Thu 13th   |  7.30 pm  | All Saints’

The London Mozart Players

Conductor: Geoffrey Simon

The London Ripieno Singers

Conductor: Geoffrey Hanson


A welcome return of the LMP who have become a regular feature at the Arts Festival.  Over the years the orchestra has premiered several works by the Festival Director, Geoffrey Hanson and tonight’s concert will include two of his works.  The Clarinet Concerto played by the young prize winning Australian soloist Som Howie and the Odyssey performed by Sebastian Comberti, principal cellist of the London Mozart Players. We mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the quintessentially English composer, Gerald Finzi, with a performance of his Romance in E flat for orchestra and two of his part songs set off by Elgar and Stanford.  This is a concert for lovers of English Music.


Australian conductor Geoffrey Simon enjoys an International career as conductor.  Resident in London he has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and English Chamber Orchestra.  Internationally he has conducted both with Australian orchestras and in the USA.  His record label, Cala Records includes a wide range of repertoire in its catalogue and features contemporary composers.  A recording of Geoffrey Hanson’s music is shortly to be issued on that label  It will include some of the works being played tonight.




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Fri 14th   |  7.30 pm  | All Saints’

Folk Music

The Askew Sisters


Hazel & Emily Askew are fast becoming one of the most popular and respected duos on the English folk scene. From dark ballads to uplifting dance tunes, they play with driving energy and the unity of two people who have played together all their lives. The sisters use fiddle, melodeon and concertina to breath taking effect, creating cinematic arrangements that get to the very heart of each song. These create a perfect setting for Hazel’s striking voice, which won her Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards 2001.Emily and Hazel’s latest album, In the Air or the Earth, was released by Root Beat Records to widespread critical acclaim, including the Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album 2015.


‘Inspired arrangements of traditional music, striking versions of tricky ballads – this is traditional folk in a fine, fresh form.’ The Telegraph




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Sat 15th   |  7.30 pm  | All Saints’

Come and sing Mozart’s Requiem

Join us in performing Mozart’s Requiem,  under the expert guidance of David Lardi with soloists, and accompanied on the notable Hunter/Bishop organ at All Saints’ Durham Road, N2 9DP.  The concert will also include Mozarts Ave Verum and Laudate Dominum.


Afternoon rehearsal 3.00 to 6.00p.m. with 7.30p.m. performance.  Bring your own copy if you have one.  Book your place (telling us your voice S/A/T/B): Email: eastfinarts@btinternet.com  or phone 020 3509 6418 – or arrive on the day.



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Sun 16th   |  1.00 pm  | Phoenix Cinema

TOPSY TURVY – the story of Gilbert & Sullivan

Directed by Mike Leigh with Jim Broadbent, Alan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith


After the mixed reception of Princess Ida, the working relationship between W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan faltered.  Sullivan had become frustrated with Gilbert’s predictable lyrics and Gilbert seemed to lack inspiration.  Sullivan was anxious to write a ‘serious’ opera  and it looked as though their partnership was at an end.  Then Gilbert’s wife suggested they visit an exhibition of Japanese life…inspiration struck and G & S produced one of their greatest successes.

Tickets £9.50/£7 conc. Direct from the Phoenix Box Office – 020 8444 5789

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Sun 16th   |  7.30 pm  | All Saints’


The Barber of Seville – Rossini


Experience opera like you’ve never seen before, as the brilliant young company Pop –Up Opera take to the stage with this incredibly fast-paced comical farce in an adaptation of this much loved score.  Witness razor-sharp timing as the ever resourceful barber, Figaro, tries to help the young Count Almaviva win the hand of the beautiful Rosina, out of love rather than for his wealth.  Soon the pair set about to produce many disguises for the Count, and thus farce ensues…!


Running time 2 hours 10 minutes plus interval




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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 September 1st 2015

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:

  • London Borough of Barnet
  • Cree Godfrey & Wood, Solicitors
  • Greater London Hire
  • Stainer & Bell, Music publishers
  • Donald Pelmear
  • Budgens
  • Pasobello Carpets
  • JG Bryson Printer

President: Dame Emma Kirkby

Vice Presidents: Fleur Adcock OBE,
Bishop Peter Wheatley

Artistic Director: Geoffrey Hanson


Website: Hughes Design