The Crouch End Festival Chorus
Hello Londoners and welcome to the latest edition of The Music Connection. I hope that you’ve all had a good summer period with friends, family and loved ones.
For this edition of the Music Connection, I decided to write a feature on one of Crouch End’s most famous musical exports, The Crouch End Festival Chorus.
The Crouch End Festival Chorus has become one of Britain’s most well-known choirs, from when the choir was originally founded in 1984 by David Temple and John Gregson.
By 1994, the choir had already earnt a reputation as a professional choir with their first ever performance in Poland, of Michael Tippett’s ‘A Child of Our Time’, which was sung at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Wrocław.
Since then, the choir have continued to maintain an extremely hectic schedule of recording and performing, which has included the choir working with Ray Davies, Noel Gallagher and Lesley Garrett.
Although there have been many memorable moments in Crouch End Festival Chorus’s history, 2010 was a turning point in the choir’s transition from a respected local chorus, to internationally-recognised ensemble, as in summer of 2010, the chorus appeared at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall for the third year in a row, this time to sing Mahler’s 8th symphony in the prestigious First Night concert. Not long after, the choir were onstage in front of 50,000 people at the Glastonbury Festival, supporting Ray Davies.
Throughout 2011, the choir performed in various productions at the Barbican Theatre and in the latter part of the year, the choir were invited to the famous Abbey Road Studios in North London, to help the studios celebrate their 80th anniversary.
Following this, in 2012, the choir then formed the backbone of a large choir at the BBC Proms.
Still going strong, in 2013, Crouch End Festival Chorus joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall, for a performance of Britten’s War Requiem, under the direction of musical director Semyon Bychkov.
2014 & 2015 have continued to see the choir perform relentlessly, all over Europe, to this present day.
With some 150 singers on its books, Crouch End Festival Chorus is known for its versatility and eclectic repertoire, ranging from the traditional classical works, to modern and specially-commissioned pieces.
The choir promotes its own concerts at major venues such as the Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, whilst also celebrating its local roots with performances in Muswell Hill, Crouch End and Highgate.
To keep yourself updated on the Crouch End Festival Chorus, their official website is at www. cefc.org.uk.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the brief but useful insight on the Crouch End Festival Chorus.
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See you all again in the next edition…