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Crouch End Festival Chorus is one of the UK’s most versatile choirs, offering anything from a chamber choir to a symphony chorus of 120. We have an unequalled range of experience in recording and performance settings, and offer a professional standard of musicianship at very competitive rates.

We provide a tailor-made choir for every engagement, and arrive musically prepared by our director, David Temple (subject only to music being supplied in advance). David can also be engaged to conduct – which is usually the best choice, especially for recording sessions. Choral arrangements can be prepared if required. Fees are always negotiable, and depend mainly on the amount of time involved. The size of the choir is not usually a significant factor.

To find out more, please contact Davina Ross-Anderson at engagements@cefc.org.uk, or David Temple on 07968 821 984.

Recording engagements

Enlarge Image CEFC singers with the double platinum discs for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 2012 | Picture: David Temple/Sally Hall
CEFC singers with the double platinum discs for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, 2012 | Picture: David Temple/Sally Hall

Crouch End Festival Chorus is a highly versatile choir whose singers are used to tackling an unusually varied repertoire. This has put us in strong demand for recording work. Our recording engagements include:

  • The number one album Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  • Dr Who soundtracks (Murray Gold) for BBC TV since 2005
  • Film soundtracks, including Arsène Lupin (Debbie Wiseman), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Joby Talbot), Azur et Azmar and 1408 (Gabriel Yared), Journey 3D (Andrew Lockington), and Prince Caspian (Harry Gregson-Williams)
  • Appearances on popular classical albums by Alfie Boe, Katherine Jenkins and Kate Royal
  • Appearances on pop and rock albums by Ray Davies of the Kinks, Travis and The Divine Comedy
  • Premiere recordings of music by Philip Glass, Paul Patterson and Will Todd

To hire us for your album or soundtrack recording, please contact Davina Ross-Anderson at engagements@cefc.org.uk, or David Temple on 07968 821 984.

Live performance engagements

Enlarge Image CEFC singers backing Ray Davies at Glastonbury, 2010 | Picture: Jim Lasbury
CEFC singers backing Ray Davies at Glastonbury, 2010 | Picture: Jim Lasbury

As well as promoting its own concerts, Crouch End Festival Chorus regularly takes part in live performance engagements. In recent years, the choir has performed to capacity audiences in the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, O2 Arena, Birmingham NEC and the Roundhouse. Live performance engagements have included:

  • November 2013 BBC performance of Britten's War Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under Semyon Bychkov (Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live on Radio 3)
  • Ray Davies on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 2010
  • Every Ennio Morricone concert in London since his debut here in 2001
  • BBC revival of John Foulds’s A World Requiem, 2007 (Royal Albert Hall, broadcast live on Radio 3 and recorded for Chandos)
  • BBC Promenade Concerts nearly every year since 2001

We have sung with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta, under conductors as eminent as Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniele Gatti – and we have appeared on ITV, BBC TV, Radio 2, Radio 3 and Classic FM.

To hire us for your performance, please contact Davina Ross-Anderson at engagements@cefc.org.uk, or David Temple on 07968 821 984.

What they said...

“David Temple and the group were outstanding, more than lived up to their excellent reputation. It was truly a highlight of the process.”
Andrew Lockington, film composer

“Most fabulously, Crouch End Festival Chorus added a divine dimension to Days, Waterloo Sunset and Shangri-La (performed here live, Davies said, for the first time). Lovely, lovely, lovely. As the Chorus’s voices soared behind him, Ray Davies looked like a very proud man indeed.”
David Cheal, Daily Telegraph

“What stars you are! Thank you all so much for the totally musical and thoroughly professional job you did on Thursday last week. You made it easy for me – something which I really appreciate! It was an enormous pleasure to work with you and credit for the success of the evening goes to you and David just as much as to anyone else.”
Simon Wright, conductor, The Music of Morse, Royal Albert Hall/Classic FM

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