Prom double

Enlarge Image CEFC at the Royal Albert Hall (November 2013) | Picture: Paul Robinson
CEFC at the Royal Albert Hall (November 2013) | Picture: Paul Robinson

July and August 2014: Crouch End Festival Chorus is back at the Royal Albert Hall for two BBC Prom concerts this summer - and they couldn't be more different.

Sunday 20 July will see a new venture for the annual music festival: the BBC Sport Prom. This lighthearted concert will feature TV and radio sports themes from shows such as Match of the Day, Wimbledon and Test Match Special. During the performance, the voices of CEFC will soar in Carl Orff's O Fortuna and beloved sports anthems We are the Champions and You'll Never Walk Alone. Catch it on Radio 5 Live at 10.30am on 20 July.

The chorus will return on Monday 18 August, joining the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra for Rachmaninov's The Bells, in an all-Russian programme also featuring the Stravinsky violin concerto and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

The seats sold out long in advance for this vibrant evening of late-Romantic music, but as always with the BBC Proms, up to 1,400 promming (standing) tickets will be available on the day, and the concert will also be broadcast on Radio 3.


Verdi: Requiem

Saturday 13 September 2014 5:30 PM

Palm Court, Alexandra Palace

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Singers from the north London community
Forest Philharmonic Orchestra
David Temple – conductor
Lisa Swayne – soprano
Valerie Reid – mezzo-soprano
Austin Gunn – tenor
Graeme Danby – bass

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To celebrate its 30th birthday, Crouch End Festival Chorus is staging Verdi's Requiem, one of the greatest works in the choral repertoire and the first piece the choir ever performed. 

Next Concert
Tuesday 28 October 2014 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

“I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.” Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was 15 years old when she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for her outspoken views on the right of girls to be educated. Her story has inspired the creation of Malala, James McCarthy’s evocative and profoundly moving work for youth choir, symphony orchestra and chorus, with libretto by Pakistani writer Bina Shah.

Calling composers!

Enlarge Image Sing Christmas! concert 2012 | Picture: Aysha Raza
Sing Christmas! concert 2012 | Picture: Aysha Raza

Crouch End Festival Chorus is concluding its extraordinary 30th anniversary year with a competition for a new Christmas carol. The choir has a commitment to commissioning new works, and has enjoyed successful collaborations with many contemporary composers.

Musical director David Temple says: “The choir's first ever commission was a Christmas piece (African Hodie by Ian Lawrence) and so the opportunity to uncover another Christmas gem is too good to miss.”

The competition is open to all UK-resident composers, regardless of age and experience, and the winning carol will be performed by CEFC in north London, in December 2014.

To enter the competition, submit your original work to by 1 October 2014. For the full specifications, please read the terms and conditions before applying.