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Carmina Burana

Sunday 1 July 2018 3:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Orff - Carmina Burana
Stravinsky - Les Noces (performed in English)

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera Percussion Ensemble
Coldfall Primary School Choir
Rhodes Avenue Primary School Choir
David Temple
- conductor
Paul Ayres - pianist
Benjamin Frost - pianist
Peter Jaekel - pianist
William Vann - pianist
Grace Davidson - soprano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons - mezzo soprano
Robert Murray - tenor
Benedict Nelson - baritone

This matinee concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall features Carl Orff’s ever-popular cantata Carmina Burana, and Stravinsky’s groundbreaking Les Noces ("The Wedding"). Orff’s playfully suggestive Carmina Burana borrows shamelessly from Les Noces, and yet the two could hardly be further apart. The startlingly original Les Noces was first conceived as a dance cantata about a 19th-century Russian peasant wedding, and is scored for soloists, chorus, four pianos and percussion. The rumbustious and dramatic Carmina Burana, with its instantly recognisable choruses including the monumental O Fortuna, evokes the lusty medieval world of dancing, feasting and drinking. Read More

West Side Story

Wednesday 24 October 2018 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

TchaikovskyRomeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Ryan LatimerFrigates & Folly (world premiere of Crouch End Festival Chorus commission)
BernsteinChichester Psalms
BernsteinWest Side Story Suite No. 2

Crouch End Festival Chorus
BBC Concert Orchestra
David Temple
– conductor
Valeria Perbony – Maria/Rosalia
Emily Chesterton – Anita
Keoni Blockx – Riff
Sam Oladeinde – Bernardo/Tony

Crouch End Festival Chorus teams up with the renowned BBC Concert Orchestra and talented Musical Theatre graduates of the Royal Academy of Music for a performance celebrating the 100th anniversary year of Leonard Bernstein's birth.  Read More

Sing Christmas! 2018

Saturday 15 December 2018 7:30 PM
Holy Innocents Hornsey

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple - conductor
Peter Jaekel - organ and piano

Crouch End Festival Chorus is delighted to be holding its Christmas concert this year at Holy Innocents – the church where the choir started out in the 1980s. Read More

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Sunday 10 February 2019 7:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hall

ElgarThe Dream of Gerontius

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players
David Temple
– conductor
Kitty Whately – mezzo soprano
Robert Murray – tenor
Ashley Riches – baritone/bass

Crouch End Festival Chorus returns to the music of Elgar after an absence of 11 years. The Dream of Gerontius, based on a poem by Cardinal Newman, is Elgar's most famous and beloved choral work. It was immediately hailed as a success by audience and critics after its premiere in Birmingham in 1900.  Read More