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Finchley Children Music Group

Special Launch Event

To celebrate the launch of Proms 30th annual music and literary festival, we will be offering a special treat to all our loyal and new Friends of Proms at St Jude’s. 

Our launch event will see the première of The Innocents. Composed by Patrick Hawes, one of the country‘s most popular and inspriational composers, the piece was originally commissioned for our 2020 festival but it has not been possible to perform until now.

His composition marks the 80th anniversary of the sinking of SS City of Benares, an evacuee ship transporting 90 children from Britain to Canada. This event has particular significance to St Jude‘s Church because of its historical connection to Michael Rennie, one of the tragedy‘s victims and son of the church‘s vicar. 

Highly acclaimed vocal ensemble VOCES8 will bring the piece to life supported by the Finchley Children’s Music Group on the evening of Sunday, 27 March at St Jude’s. 

Tickets are free of charge but must be booked in advance and are limited to Proms Friends and Sponsors.