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David Temple, CEFC music director
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 more recently with the Bombay Bicycle Club and Basement Jaxx. He directed CEFC on Noel Gallagher’s first solo album, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, as well as conducting the choir on Gallagher's UK arena tour.
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 prepared the choir for concerts with Ennio Morricone and Andrea Bocelli. He is renowned for his commissioning of new works, many of which have become successful additions to the choral repertoire, in particular 17 Days by James McCarthy.
David has also been music 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 July 2014 to perform Tallis's Spem in Alium and McCarthy's 17 Days.
David’s work as chorus master includes Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the 2010 First Night of the Proms and also, later in that season, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the BBC Symphony Chorus and the Minnesota Orchestra. More recent work includes Britten’s War Requiem with Semyon Bychkov and Rachmaninov’s The Bells with Edward Gardner.