David Temple, CEFC musical director

Enlarge Image David Temple
David Temple

Under the exclusive direction of David Temple, Crouch End Festival Chorus is now one of the world’s leading symphonic choirs. David founded the choir in 1984 with fellow tenor John Gregson, and since then his eclectic tastes have shaped the enormously varied work of the choir, making Crouch End Festival Chorus unique in the choral world.

David has collaborated closely for many years with Ray Davies of The Kinks, including performances in the BBC’s 2007 Electric Proms series at the Roundhouse, and in 2010 on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury. In June 2011, David directed the choir and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in the final concert of the Ray Davies Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall. At the 2008 Electric Proms, David and singers from CEFC worked with Oasis, and David has also worked with Goldfrapp, Travis and most recently with the Bombay Bicycle Club and Basement Jaxx. He directed the choir on Noel Gallagher’s first solo album, High Flying Birds.

Career highlights

Enlarge Image David Temple at Abbey Road Studios | Picture: John Mindlin
David Temple at Abbey Road Studios | Picture: John Mindlin

David’s highlights with Crouch End Festival Chorus include Mahler’s 8th Symphony to a sell-out Royal Festival Hall and John Adams’ Harmonium at the Barbican in the presence of the composer. Recording work includes music for the BBC’s Doctor Who at Air Studios and soundtracks for several films including 1408, with music by Gabriel Yared, as well as Journey to the Center of the Earth, Prince Caspian and The Awakening.

David has also been Musical Director of the Hertfordshire Chorus since 2000. In May 2011 he conducted the Brahms Requiem and the world premiere of Will Todd’s Ode to a Nightingale at the Barbican.  Other concert highlights with this chorus include a critically acclaimed performance of Elgar’s The Kingdom in St Albans Cathedral. David’s commissions with Hertfordshire Chorus include Will Todd’s Mass in Blue, which has received well over 100 performances all over the world. David makes frequent visits to The Sage, Gateshead and returned there in May 2012 with the choir to conduct works by Mozart, Will Todd and Mendelssohn.  In July 2011 he conducted Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers at the Thaxted Festival with Dame Emma Kirkby.

David’s recent work as chorus master includes Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the First Night of the Proms and also, later in the season, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the BBC Symphony Chorus and the Minnesota Orchestra.