Far from the Home I Love
- a major fundraising recital project

In 2019 Margaret is embarking on a very special piano recital series, working with a wonderful organisation called “City of Sanctuary” to raise money to support refugees in the UK.

The history of classical music is full of composers who left their homelands because of war, political upheaval or fear of persecution. Other composers who had to move country because of their work were arguably no less homesick. This concert tells the stories of some of these composers through their piano music. They resonate with the current climate of troubling attitudes towards refugees and those in exile. “Far from the Home I Love” is designed to give a cultural context to the theme of migration.

Her illuminating and varied programme includes works by Chopin, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov. Margaret has also specially commissioned a new piece by Arian, the Kurdish Syrian composer who wrote the stirring Refugee Nation Anthem for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

You can view the details of all the ‘Far from the Home I Love’ concerts on the Concert Diary page, and there is also more information on www.cityofsanctuary.org/farfromhome

Do come along to one of the concerts and help Margaret reach her target of raising £88,000 by the end of the year - that’s £1000 for each of the 88 keys of the piano! You can also make a donation via her fundraising page www.givey.com/margaretfingerhut

It’s going to be an exciting year!

Programme

HandelMinuet in G minor
HaydnSonata No.38 in F, Hob.XVI/23
- Moderato, Adagio, Presto
GriegThree Lyric Pieces
- Solitary Traveller, Homesickness, Homeward
Francis PottFarewell to Hirta
RachmaninovTwo Etudes - Tableaux from Op.39
- No.8 in D minor, No.9 in D
Interval
Moutaz ArianMemories from my Land (Special commission
generously supported by Rob & Sara Lucas)
Hans GalTwo Preludes from Op.65
ProkofievTwo Pieces from Romeo and Juliet
- The Montagues and Capulets, Romeo bids Juliet farewell
ChopinPolonaise in A flat Op. 53
Margaret is very grateful to the following major sponsors for their support of the project:

  • The Kohler Trust
  • Mark & Liz Astaire
  • Richard Bernstein
  • Guy & Sam Dawson
  • Rob & Sara Lucas
  • Hilary Newiss & Peter Bazalgette
  • Helen & Anthony Spiro
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Reaction to Far from the Home I Love

Margaret Fingerhut was an expert guide to her selected pieces not only pianistically but also verbally… If she's bringing this programme to a venue near you, you'll not only hear an evening of unostentatiously excellent piano playing, but you'll be lending your support to vital work on behalf of present-day refugees.
Mike Wheeler, Classical Music Daily)
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Altogether it was an enchanting, entertaining, enlightening and educational evening. I would recommend it to all!
LEICESTER
A truly wonderful and inspiring evening. The music and words conveyed so much and made so many connections for so many people. There have been many many positive comments – wonderful, outstanding, moving, informative, amazing, beautiful, powerful - to share just a few.
DERBY
What a beautiful collection of evocative, lively and haunting pieces that bring the raw emotion of exile and longing for home together with fascinating stories of some of the world’s most loved composers. Margaret has not only an extraordinary skill on her instrument, she has a captivating warmth of delivery.
EXETER
This is to warmly thank you for an incredible concert at Warwick Arts Centre! I have heard nothing but praise – from experienced concert-goers to first-timers, everyone had a great time and was really moved by the message that you conveyed so beautifully.
WARWICK
It was so moving. What an extraordinary privilege to have had such a wonderfully talented artist performing for us. And not only is Margaret Fingerhut an incredible musician but such a warm personality that engages her audience totally.
EPSOM
A truly special evening. It was an inspired programme which you not only performed exquisitely, but also added the insight and humour which engaged everybody so well.
WIMBLEDON
A hugely moving gig. It really was a privilege to be in the presence of such an accomplished performer and humanitarian whose exquisite piano playing and story telling so tear-jerkingly evoked the heartache of exile.
MAIDENHEAD
Thank you so much for such a marvellous concert. Your programme was both illuminating and very moving and will have resonated with many in the audience. It was a powerful combination of beautiful music and awareness-raising of the plight of those seeking sanctuary in our land.
WOLVERHAMPTON
A truly magical evening.
HARROGATE
It’s wonderful that Margaret Fingerhut, a truly gifted pianist, is prepared to donate all of her time for free to raise funds as part of this national tour.
PORTSMOUTH - The Revd Canon Peter Leonard, Portsmouth Cathedral