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Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky

Sunday 12 February 2017 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Vivaldi – Gloria
Holst – Hymn of Jesus
Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Finchley Children’s Music Group
City of London School for Girls Choir
London Orchestra da Camera

David Temple – conductor
Jessica Cale – soprano
Kitty Whately – mezzo-soprano

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In this tricolour concert, Crouch End Festival Chorus presents itself in three completely different guises to perform the varying styles of the Baroque (Vivaldi’s Gloria), the English choral tradition (Holst’s Hymn of Jesus) and the rich, dark, brooding Russian cinema world (Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky).

Sing Christmas! 2016

Saturday 17 December 2016 7:30 PM
St Michael's Highgate

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple – conductor
Peter Jaekel – organ and piano

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Get your Christmas off to a cracking start with a concert of traditional carols and seasonal songs. Returning to the beautiful setting of St Michael's Highgate, the choir will give a heavenly performance of works old and new, including Jesus, Springing by composer Bernard Hughes.  

Swan Song

Friday 21 October 2016 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem
R. Strauss – Vier Letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)
Gibbons – The Silver Swan

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players
David Temple – conductor
Erica Eloff – soprano
Benjamin Appl – baritone

The music in this programme shares a theme of reflection and mourning.  The concert begins with Orlando Gibbons’s The Silver Swan, followed by Richard Strauss’s mesmerising Four Last Songs, sung here by Erica Eloff, and concludes with Brahms’s monumental Ein deutsches Requiem.

Reflections

Saturday 09 July 2016 7:30 PM
St James's Church, Piccadilly

Eric Whitacre – Water Night
Debussy – Reflets dans l'eau (piano)
Alan Charlton – Mirror Suite
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel (cello and piano)
Josef Rheinberger – Mass in E flat major
Debussy – Clair de lune (piano)
Stanford – The Blue Bird
Saint-Saëns – The Swan (cello and piano)
Glen Ballard and Siedah Garrett – Man in the Mirror

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple – conductor
Peter Jaekel – piano
Joely Koos – cello

In this compelling and wonderfully varied ‘Reflections’ programme, a cappella choir works are interspersed with pieces for piano and cello. 

John Adams - Harmonium

Monday 18 April 2016 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

John Adams – Harmonium
Poulenc – Gloria
Vaughan Williams – Serenade to Music

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple – conductor
Erica Eloff – soprano

Three wonderful 20th-century choral works – Vaughan Williams’s serenely beautiful Serenade to Music, Poulenc’s quirky and devout Gloria, and John Adams’s pulsating and dramatic Harmonium – showcase the versatility and excellence of Crouch End Festival Chorus.

Bach - Mass in B minor

Saturday 23 January 2016 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Bach – Mass in B Minor

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Bach Camerata
David Temple – conductor
Mary Bevan – soprano
Diana Moore – mezzo-soprano
Ben Johnson – tenor
Callum Thorpe – bass

Bach’s Mass in B minor is one of the great choral works. It stretches the technique and stamina of all the performers, and reflects Bach’s fervent faith. 

Crouch End Festival Chorus has performed the work on many occasions since the choir’s formation in 1984, but this time it will be a "period" performance. Contemporary instruments will be used, creating a completely different and wonderfully refined sound, and the music will be at Baroque pitch – which is a semi-tone lower than modern concert pitch.

Sing Christmas! 2015

Saturday 19 December 2015 7:30 PM
St Michael's Highgate

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple – conductor
Peter Jaekel – organ and piano
Sally Pryce – harp

Get your Christmas off to a cracking start with a concert of traditional carols and seasonal songs. Returning to the beautiful setting of St Michael's Highgate, the choir will give a heavenly performance of works old and new - including Britten's A Ceremony of Carols -  and there will be opportunities for the audience to join in with the festive classics. 

Mozart and Britten

Saturday 17 October 2015 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Mozart – Mass in C minor
Britten – Saint Nicolas

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Finchley Children’s Music Group  |  St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School Choir  |  Rhodes Avenue Primary School Choir
London Mozart Players
David Temple – conductor
Grace Davidson – soprano
Julia Doyle
 – soprano
Ed Lyon – tenor
Dominic Sedgwick – bass

Two outstanding choral works mark the first collaboration of Crouch End Festival Chorus with the London Mozart Players. Mozart's Mass in C minor is, like his more famous Requiem, an unfinished masterpiece, and considered by some to be his finest choral work. 

Rachmaninov - Vespers at St John's Cambridge

Saturday 18 July 2015 7:30 PM
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge

Rachmaninov - Vespers
Victoria - O Quam Gloriosum
Grieg - Ave Maris Stella
Lotti - Crucifixus
Gabrieli - Jubilate Deo

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Conductor - David Temple

Crouch End Festival Chorus’s season ends with two performances of Rachmaninov’s glorious setting of the Vespers, and this concert in Cambridge is the second chance to hear the work.

Rachmaninov’s Vespers was first performed 100 years ago in 1915, and consists of settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox all-night vigil ceremony. It has been praised as Rachmaninov’s finest achievement and "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church".

Rachmaninov - Vespers at Southwark Cathedral

Friday 10 July 2015 8:00 PM
Southwark Cathedral

RachmaninovVespers
VictoriaO Quam Gloriosum
GriegAve Maris Stella
LottiCrucifixus
GabrieliJubilate Deo

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Conductor - David Temple

Crouch End Festival Chorus’s season ends with two performances of Rachmaninov’s glorious setting of the Vespers, with the first here at Southwark Cathedral.

Rachmaninov’s Vespers was first performed 100 years ago in 1915, and consists of settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox all-night vigil ceremony. It has been praised as Rachmaninov’s finest achievement and "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church".

 

Roland Perrin - Lansky: The Mob's Money Man

Monday 27 April 2015 7:30 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Roland PerrinLansky: The Mob's Money Man (CEFC commission and world premiere)

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple - conductor
Roland Perrin and The Blue Planet Orchestra
Rachel Sutton - jazz singer
Allan Corduner - narrator

In this vibrant concert drama, composer and jazz musician Roland Perrin spotlights the remarkable life of mobster Meyer Lansky – a key player in the criminal underworld who built an international gambling empire. Infused with Klezmer, New York and Cuban jazz styles, it is a vivid portrait of the ‘Mob’s Accountant’.

Monteverdi - Vespers

Saturday 07 February 2015 7:30 PM
St John's, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

MonteverdiVespers of 1610

Crouch End Festival Chorus
The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble
David Temple - conductor
Zoë Brown - soprano
Grace Davidson - soprano
Matthew Long - tenor
Nathan Vale - tenor
Andrew Ashwin - baritone
Callum Thorpe - bass

After a year of commissions to celebrate CEFC’s 30th anniversary, we wind back four centuries to one of the greatest choral works ever written: Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 – or simply Vespers of 1610.

Sing Christmas!

Saturday 20 December 2014 7:30 PM
St Michael's Highgate

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple – conductor
Peter Jaekel – organ and piano

Join Crouch End Festival Chorus for a concert of traditional carols and seasonal songs in support of The Brain Tumour Charity. This year will see the first performance of Richard James Harvey's Chanticleer, the winning entry in the CEFC carol competition

Malala

Tuesday 28 October 2014 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

McCarthyMalala (CEFC commission and world premiere)
TippettA Child of our Time

Crouch End Festival Chorus
City of London School for Girls Senior Choir | Hornsey School for Girls Choir | St Michael's Catholic Grammar School Choir
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple - conductor
Erica Eloff - soprano
Jennifer Johnston - mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples - tenor
Ashley Riches - baritone

“I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly. Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.” Malala Yousafzai

Verdi - Requiem

Saturday 13 September 2014 5:30 PM
Palm Court, Alexandra Palace

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Singers from the north London community
Forest Philharmonic Orchestra
David Temple – conductor
Lisa Swayne – soprano
Valerie Reid – mezzo-soprano
Austin Gunn – tenor
Graeme Danby – bass

To celebrate its 30th birthday, Crouch End Festival Chorus is staging Verdi's Requiem, the first piece the choir ever performed. 

Spem in Alium at Waltham Abbey

Saturday 21 June 2014 7:30 PM
Waltham Abbey

Tallis - Spem in Alium
Vaughan Williams
 - Mass in G minor
Tavener - Song for Athene, Annunciation
Anka (arr. Gough) - It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
Hughes - Salve Regina (CEFC commission)
Bruckner - Motets

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple – conductor

CEFC’s fourth concert in its 30th anniversary season celebrates the beauty of the voice alone. Thomas Tallis was once the organist at Waltham Abbey. His sumptuous 40-part motet Spem in Alium is complemented by more modern sacred works: Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor and two anthems by the late John Tavener including his haunting and best-known work, Song for Athene. By contrast, Paul Anka’s well-known pop song It Doesn’t Matter Anymore is performed in a quirky a cappella arrangement by Orlando Gough.

A setting of the ancient Latin chant Salve Regina, by young composer Bernard Hughes, is sponsored by CEFC soprano Denise Haddon in memory of her husband and fellow CEFC singer Paul. It is the choir’s third commission for its 30th anniversary celebrations.

Spem in Alium at Southwark Cathedral

Tuesday 17 June 2014 7:30 PM
Southwark Cathedral

Tallis - Spem in Alium
Vaughan Williams
 - Mass in G minor
Tavener - Song for Athene, Annunciation
Anka (arr. Gough) - It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
Hughes - Salve Regina (CEFC commission and world premiere)
Bruckner - Motets

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple – conductor

CEFC’s third concert in its 30th anniversary season celebrates the beauty of the voice alone. Thomas Tallis's sumptuous 40-part motet Spem in Alium is complemented by more modern sacred works: Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor and two anthems by the late John Tavener including his haunting and best-known work, Song for Athene. By contrast, Paul Anka’s well-known pop song It Doesn’t Matter Anymore is performed in a quirky a cappella arrangement by Orlando Gough.

A setting of the ancient Latin chant Salve Regina, by young composer Bernard Hughes, is sponsored by CEFC soprano Denise Haddon in memory of her husband and fellow CEFC singer Paul. It is the choir’s third commission for its 30th anniversary celebrations.

Todd and Mahler

Saturday 22 March 2014 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Todd Rage against the dying of the light (CEFC commission and world premiere)
Mahler - Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection")

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Forest Philharmonic Orchestra
David Temple – conductor
Erica Eloff – soprano
Jennifer Johnston – mezzo-soprano

Will Todd’s Rage Against the Dying of the Light is a setting of one of Dylan Thomas’s best-loved poems, Do not go Gentle into that Good Night.

This new Crouch End Festival Chorus commission marks the centenary of the poet’s birth and receives its world premiere as part of our own 30th anniversary celebrations.

Gold, Bedford and Fripp

Saturday 18 January 2014 7:30 PM
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Goldwhen my brother fell into the river… (CEFC commission and world premiere)
BedfordTwelve Hours of Sunset
Fripp arr. KeelingSoundscapes

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple – conductor

Three inspiring contemporary pieces showcase the talents of Crouch End Festival Chorus at the launch of its 30th anniversary celebrations.