Since opening, we have been very proud to support talented musicians with a close connection to Finchcocks, as well some very worthwhile musical charities. During the pandemic, this partnership has proven even more important. We thought supporters of our online efforts – as well in-person events – would like to hear what they have helped to raise in the name of inspirational music!
So far, we have so far raised £6,233.85 towards individual concert pianists and musical charities to whom we have offered our facilities free of charge. We will continue to work closely with these wonderful musicians and hope to provide a platform for them to share their amazing talent and support them financially to the fullest possible extent in the future.
Livestreamed concerts supporting Warren Mailley-Smith
These were launched initially as a 5-week series, but it soon became apparent that lockdown was going to last longer than “just a few weeks”. Warren has filled our recital room throughout the course of this summer with the most astounding music, broadcasting his concerts to tens of thousands of people online. Donations via our website have amounted to £1,470, with tickets also available from Warren’s own website which you can find here.
Warren launched his autumn 7-concert series, Live from Finchcocks last week. It’s not too late to get in on the action and support this exceptional artist. Read more about it here.
Live in-person concerts with local musicians Helen Lacey, Alexander Metcalfe
Finchcocks host and singer extraordinaire Helen Lacey held a magical evening concert, treating us to a delight of classical song in support of her Masters in Performance and Alexander Metcalfe (alongside Amusia Productions) presented guests and local music lovers with a surreal and unforgettable performance of Satie production Mémoires d’un Amnésique. Both concerts raised over £2,000 with all proceeds being split between the musicians and our nominated musical charities.
Last year, Tom Poster performed a fantastic concert in aid of the Orpheus Centre here at Finchcocks. Proceeds of £1,113.50 went towards this invaluable charity and independent specialist college for young disabled adults with a passion for the performing arts. Their aim is to provide pupils with the skills needed to live independently, through music.
In aid of our chosen cause Help the Musicians, Finchcocks has hosted a number of concerts to raise funds for this fantastic charity. The concert celebration of Beethoven’s 200th anniversary, Holst’s Planets for four hands and the Satie concert pictured below, have combined to so far to raise £2,303.10 in support of professional musicians at the start of their career and in times of crisis.
Here’s to live music and lifting each other up! We #MakeMusicWork.
Finchcocks Festival raises funds for local causes
Since writing this blog piece, we are pleased to announce that proceeds from bar donations this July at our first Finchcocks Festival have raised the following.
Wealden Family Hub £317
Goudhurst & Kilndown Primary School music department £315
Kilndown Church extension £305
Thank you to all who attended, supported, gave (and drank!) so generously.