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!


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
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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Messages about the tour

"Thank you so much for coming to Wolverhampton to give us such a marvellous concert.  It was a wonderful evening, and we have heard many positive comments since from those who attended. Your programme, chosen carefully to illustrate the theme ‘Far from the home I love’, 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."
"A huge thank you for the truly wonderful and inspiring evening that you gave us all in Derby. Your 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."
"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."
"I wanted to thank you personally for the 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. There was such a great buzz and warm atmosphere.
"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 tear-jerkingly evoked the heartache of exile."
"A truly magical evening."
"The whole event was very moving and encouraging just to hear how much is being done to support refugee families in the UK. Needless to say the music topped the evening!"
"I thought the concert was fabulous, the programme was obviously thoughtfully put together and I enjoyed your introductions and your political comments."
"It was an amazing emotional roller coaster of a concert and I loved every piece."
"This was a very special evening indeed, listening to the beautiful playing of Margaret Fingerhut in the atmospheric setting of Leicester Cathedral. Throughout, her enthusiasm, humour and empathy caught one’s imagination."
"Many thanks for performing at the Quay – it was a lovely evening, and we received loads of complimentary comments from the people attending."
Isle of Wight
"An enormous thank you for last night. Lots of people said how much they enjoyed the concert and were especially appreciative of how your introductions so enhanced the music.  I felt it a real emotional rollercoaster, hearing the waves and sadness in the Pott piece and being taken back to my Moscow granny in the Rachmaninov. It is truly great to be able to stir people in that way, and the research that must have gone in to pick such evocative pieces and find just the right things to say to engage the audience was genius."
"It was such a well-conceive programme, varied and beautiful, really breathtaking. Thank you for being a goddess of the keyboard."