August 2014: The Bells have rung at our second Prom this summer, and we at Crouch End Festival Chorus are now eagerly looking forward to our 30th anniversary concert. Featuring a performance of Verdi's Requiem, the event will celebrate the choir's local roots by including a large community chorus - no audition required...
The concert is at Alexandra Palace at 17.30 on Sunday 13 September, which was the nearest available date to the choir's first ever performance in 1984. Book your place now!
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
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.
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.