FCMG is a highly versatile group of mixed-voiced choirs, and is committed to the promotion of singing and choral music for young people aged between 4 and 18. Under the direction of Grace Rossiter since 2001, the choirs are well known for their natural, vibrant vocal quality and high level of musicianship and professionalism.
The choir was established in 1958 following the London premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Noyes Fludde at Southwark Cathedral. A few years later in 1963, Britten became FCMG’s President and his music continues to be at the heart of the choir’s repertory. Since its early years, FCMG has championed contemporary music for children’s voices, commissioning works by composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Elizabeth Maconchy, Malcolm Williamson, Brian Chapple, Malcolm Singer, Judith Bingham and James Weeks. FCMG has also premiered works by David Bedford, Paul Patterson, Luciano Berio, Alec Roth and Michael Finnissy.
FCMG regularly performs in London’s major concerts halls and abroad alongside professional choirs and orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers. The choir has performed major choral works including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust, Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Britten’s War Requiem, under conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Richard Hickox, James Levine, Kurt Masur and Sir Colin Davis, who was the Choir’s President for many years.
FCMG has recorded regularly for radio, television, film and on the Hyperion, Naxos, Somm, EMI and Decca labels.