Sing with us

Considering joining Crouch End Festival Chorus? Take a look at this video about our rehearsals and hear what our singers think about being in the choir. Then read on below to find out how to sign up for a taster session and apply for an audition.

The choir for you

Enlarge Image CEFC singers with film composer Hans Zimmer at the Hammersmith Apollo
CEFC singers with film composer Hans Zimmer at the Hammersmith Apollo

2016 has been an astonishing year for Crouch End Festival Chorus. In our own concerts, we have performed classical music ranging from Bach's Mass in B minor to Poulenc's Gloria and John Adams's Harmonium. We've also sung in the BBC Proms, and we've sent singers to support major tours by our patrons Noel Gallagher, Hans Zimmer and Ennio Morricone. The only thing we're missing is you!

We always welcome approaches from singers seeking to join the choir, and right now we're particularly after tenors and basses to expand the pool of talent in our lower voice sections.

If you're a tenor or bass with a good voice who can read music, you could join our ranks - and could soon find yourself with some amazing musical opportunities. Not to mention our great social scene...

How it all works

Enlarge Image CEFC tenors and basses performing at London's Barbican Hall | Picture: Paul Robinson
CEFC tenors and basses performing at London's Barbican Hall | Picture: Paul Robinson

Crouch End Festival Chorus is an amateur choir with professional standards. We are fortunate to be hired for many exciting recording and performance engagements each year, but our own concerts are closest to our hearts - not least because we all take part in those (external engagements usually require a smaller group). 

For our own promotions, all 150 of us perform a programme of classical music every few months at major London venues, and our audiences know to expect the best from us: spot-on tuning, a wide dynamic range and crystal clear lyrics. Another special feature of CEFC concerts is our commitment to supporting new music by British-based composers, so there's always something fresh in the pipeline for our singers to try, as well as the opportunity to learn traditional works from the choral canon.

To achieve our excellent results, we get stuck in to the music every Friday evening at our rehearsals in Muswell Hill, fuelled by cake from our volunteer baking team. Our conductor David Temple is a stickler for high standards, but he's also known for his flashes of humour and fast-paced rehearsals, and he's guaranteed to get us sounding great by the end of the evening.

Try us out before you audition

Enlarge Image Rehearsing the CEFC commission Lansky: The Mob's Money Man on a Friday evening in Muswell Hill | Picture: Ros Bell
Rehearsing the CEFC commission Lansky: The Mob's Money Man on a Friday evening in Muswell Hill | Picture: Ros Bell

Crouch End Festival Chorus is always looking for good singers, and we hold auditions throughout the year. The first step is to email us at newmembers@cefc.org.uk, to book your place as a guest at one of our Friday rehearsals in Muswell Hill.

We also hold periodical open rehearsals, at which all singers are welcome; these will be advertised on this website as they come up. If, after attending as a guest, you then decide you would definitely like to join the choir, you should download and complete the application form on the audition information page and send it to the address given, or hand it to our recruitment officer at one of your trial rehearsals.

You will be invited to take an audition either on a Friday evening before the rehearsal or, if we have several applicants at once, on a different evening in Muswell Hill. There’s more about this on the audition information page, and full details will be given to you when you apply to join.

Find out more about joining Crouch End Festival Chorus