About us

Enlarge Image In rehearsal at Fortismere School, April 2015 | Picture: Ros Bell
In rehearsal at Fortismere School, April 2015 | Picture: Ros Bell

Crouch End Festival Chorus is one of Britain’s major symphonic choirs. Based in north London, the choir was founded in 1984 by David Temple and John Gregson, and David has remained as music director ever since, shaping the choir’s progress as it built a fine reputation in the UK and internationally.

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, while also celebrating its local roots with performances in Muswell Hill, Crouch End and Highgate (see concert calendar for upcoming performances). In addition, Crouch End Festival Chorus is in constant demand for recording work and external live promotions and appears regularly in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

To find out what the choir has been doing this year, please see our News and broadcasts section. A full history of Crouch End Festival Chorus is in development and will be coming to this website soon.

Patrons

Enlarge Image Ray Davies and CEFC at the Royal Festival Hall, 2011 | Picture: Matt Biddulph
Ray Davies and CEFC at the Royal Festival Hall, 2011 | Picture: Matt Biddulph

Crouch End Festival Chorus is proud to have these distinguished musical figures as patrons:

Meirion Bowen
Sir Ray Davies CBE
Sir Mark Elder CBE
Noel Gallagher
John Gregson
Ennio Morricone
Alison Pearce
Sir Bryn Terfel CBE
Hans Zimmer

CEFC commissions

Enlarge Image James McCarthy and David Temple, 2012 | Picture: Paul Robinson
James McCarthy and David Temple, 2012 | Picture: Paul Robinson

The choir has commissioned works from Simon Bainbridge, Howard Haigh, Orlando Gough, Sally Beamish, John Woolrich, David Bedford, Joby Talbot, Paul Patterson, Matthew Ferraro, James McCarthy, Murray Gold, Will Todd, Bernard Hughes and Roland Perrin.

Registration

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Limited by guarantee and registered in England, no: 5052052
Registered office: 59 Cephas Avenue, London E1 4AR
Registered charity no: 1110790