January 2018: David Temple, co-founder and Music Director of Crouch End Festival Chorus, has been awarded the MBE in the New Year honours list, for services to music.
Now one of the leading symphony choruses in the UK, Crouch End Festival Chorus was founded in 1984 by David and tenor John Gregson – handing out leaflets in Crouch End Broadway inviting singers to join in a local performance of the Verdi Requiem. Since then, the chorus has gone from strength to strength, and now has some 150 singers on its books.
Newcastle-born David began his musical life at the age of eighteen when he joined the London Philharmonic Choir. He taught himself to read music and, within weeks, was singing under conductors of the calibre of Sir Georg Solti, Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, and Leopold Stokowski. His extensive repertoire includes a large number of commissions from composers including Will Todd, James McCarthy, John Woolrich, Sally Beamish and Simon Bainbridge. He has prepared Crouch End Festival Chorus for concerts under conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Semyon Bychkov, Jiří Bělohlávek, Edward Gardner and Ennio Morricone (both CEFC Patrons). In addition, since 2000, David has been Music Director for Hertfordshire Chorus, and works as a guest chorus master with the BBC Symphony Chorus. David has also worked with children for many years, often involving them in major concerts.
Commenting on the award, David said: "I am both proud and thrilled to receive this award – and I would like to dedicate it to all who have supported me throughout my career, both on the concert platform and behind the scenes."
Hugh Bowden, CEFC Chair of Trustees, added: "David is one of the country‘s best choral conductors, and it is thanks to him that Crouch End Festival Chorus has become known for the diversity of its music-making as well as the quality of its singing. We are very proud of David, and delighted that his work with us over decades has been recognised in this way."