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CONCERT CALENDAR

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
Joshua Abrams – boy alto
Valeria Perboni – Maria/Rosalia
Emily Chesterton – Anita
Keoni Blockx – Riff
Nitai Levi – 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

Handel: Messiah

Saturday 6 April 2019 7:30 PM
St John’s Smith Square

HandelMessiah

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Bach Camerata
David Templeconductor
Jessica Calesoprano
Diana Mooremezzo-soprano
Sam Furnesstenor
Benjamin Bevanconductor

Handel's Messiah is the best-known and best-loved choral work of all time. Written in just 24 days, Handel set the text compiled by Charles Jennens to create this iconic and magnificent work. It was first performed in Dublin in 1742 and has remained popular ever since. Legend has it that King George II stood for the 'Hallelujah' Chorus, and this has become customary ever since. Crouch End Festival Chorus is a choir which likes to explore an extraordinary variety of repertoire, so this will be only the third performance of Messiah in 35 years. It will build on the success of CEFC's performance and Chandos recording of J.S. Bach's St John Passion, as the choir works once more with the Bach Camerata, a period orchestra, combining this authenticity of sound with the thrilling communicative power and dynamic range that the choir is consistently praised for. The work will sound magnificent in St John's Smith Square – which was engulfed by fire the year Messiah was composed. Thankfully restoration then and also after WW2 has ensured the survival of this wonderful concert hall.  Read More

Durufle, MacMillan, Vasks, Tavener and Pearsall

Saturday 22 June 2019 7:30 PM
St Andrew's Holborn

Maurice DurufléRequiem
Pēteris VasksPlainscapes
John TavenerSong for Athene, Annunciation
James MacMillanThe Gallant Weaver
Robert PearsallLay a Garland

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple
conductor
Peter Jaekelorgan
Emma Lewismezzo-soprano
Andrew Ashwinbaritone
Ruth Rogersviolin
Sarah Butchercello

Duruflé's beautiful Requiem is the main work in the concert. Also featured are the hypnotic Plainscapes by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, for choir, solo violin and solo cello; John Tavener's glorious Song for Athene (made famous after its use at Princess Diana's funeral) and his Annunciation – two works that showcase his much-loved sound-world; James MacMillan's The Gallant Weaver, rich in Scottish folk flavour; and Pearsall's irresistibly sorrowful Lay a Garland to complete a carefully chosen, approachably eclectic and fascinating programme which should work wonderfully in the space of St Andrew's Holborn. Read More