Christmas Concert | St George’s, Hanover Square | 19 December 2019

Future Talent’s annual Christmas Concert at St George’s Hanover Square was a blast and the perfect way to end an exciting and busy 2019 for the charity and the musicians it supports.

The young performers enjoyed catching up before the evening got underway

The audience packed themselves into the beautiful Church for an eclectic selection of performances from talented Future Talent musicians.

The concert was expertly compered by FT Ambassador and alumni Ben Weston-Conway, who charmed the audience chatting with each of the musicians before their performances, giving the evening a lovely informal feeling.

First up to perform was Alex, for whom this was a first involvement with Future Talent since receiving his award last September.


Alex, started proceedings with the most Christmassy piece of the evening – Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker.

Next came performances from violinist Orchid and flautist Emily. Orchid, 12, who played alongside her regular duo partner and friend Victoria, performed a beautiful rendition of the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin ‘Spring’.

Emily – another musician new to Future Talent this year – stunned the audience with Fantasy from Carmen, arranged for Flute by Borne

We then heard a very impressive performance of Ligeti’s Sonata for Solo Cello – a famously tricky piece! – from new FT musician Haru.

Cellist Haru wowed the audience with his impressive playing

Finally, we were treated to a performance by the Future Talent / Youthsayers Ensemble – the product of a recent Jazz Workshop day at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Youthsayers is a creative music opportunity for young people in the Lambeth area, and is run by Robin Hopcraft and Idris Rahman, members of international performing and recording band, Soothsayers.

SOothsayer saxophonist extraordinaire idris rahman directs the young musicians in rehearsals

Future Talent musicians Myla, Asia (vocals), Hugo (bass), Scottie (keys) and Archie (saxophone) joined forces with various members of Youthsayers, performeing a selection of reggae/dub inspired pieces by OutKast, Fela Kuti, Abyssinians arranged by the Soothsayers, including some of their own original writing.

FT musician Archie and Youthsayer Elijah enjoyed forming the horns section together