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Crouch End Festival Chorus

 Crouch End Festival Chorus

Mixed Choral Chorus from UK, England.

In just over 25 years Crouch End Festival Chorus has established itself as one Britain's major choruses, and has gained both national and international recognition. Based in north London, the choir grew from a small start: enthusiasts handing out leaflets outside a local supermarket in summer 1984 asking for singers for Verdi's Requiem. In 2008 the choir returned to this work - this time in its fifth BBC Proms appearance at the Royal Albert Hall - and after singing Berlioz at the world's greatest classical music festival in 2009, we were invited back to sing Mahler's 8th Symphony at the First Night of the Proms in 2010. It's a measure of how far the chorus has come in a relatively short time.

With some 150 singers on its books, the chorus is known for its versatility and eclectic repertoire, ranging from the traditional classical works to modern and specially commissioned pieces. Recent performances include music by Bach, Beethoven, Britten, Bernstein and even The Beach Boys. Over the last few years, the singers of Crouch End Festival Chorus have appeared at the BBC Proms (Verdi Requiem, Berlioz Te Deum and Mahler 8th Symphony) and the BBC Electric Proms; in the chorus's own concert promotions at the Barbican and the new Kings Place concert hall; and in two packed-out performances of Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with Emma Kirkby and period instruments on home turf in Muswell Hill.

Our recent main-season Barbican concerts include Britten's War Requiem in November 2009, Haydn's Die Schopfung in January 2010 (pictured) and Beethoven's Mass in C alongside Janacek's Glagolitic Mass in April 2010.

In June 2009 the choir reached no. 5 in the Amazon charts with the Kinks Choral Collection, recorded with 1960s pop icon Ray Davies. CEFC's recent recording with Kate Royal, Midsummer Night, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The chorus is also the regular soundtrack choir for Doctor Who on the BBC.

In early March 2010, CEFC featured in a Classic FM concert at the Royal Albert Hall. Later in the month, we were delighted to join Noel Gallagher for two nights, also at the RAH, as part of an all-star celebration of the Teenage Cancer Trust's 10th year of music and comedy. In April, the chorus was back at the Royal Albert Hall once again with the legendary Hollywood composer Ennio Morricone (one of our patrons), known for his scores for such classic films as A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.

And for many Crouch End Festival Chorus singers, summer 2010 contained two highlights: our performance at the First Night of the Proms and being onstage at the Glastonbury Festival (pictured) with our regular collaborator and patron Ray Davies.

Discography

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Crouch End Festival Chorus : Cinema Choral Classics : 00  1 CD : David Temple :  : 3015

Crouch End Festival Chorus : Cinema Choral Classics

Review: "Classics" is a collection of 14 songs related to movies from classic films, beginning with the powerful, moody "O Fortuna" from "Excalibur," "Prelude & Birth of Christ," from "Jesus of Nazareth," and "Agnus Dei" from "The Scarlet Letter." We have the suite from The Lion in Winter, "Ave Maria: Guarini" from "The Mission," "Funeral and Finale" from the Kirk Douglas film "The Vikings," the dramatic "Never Surrender" from "First Knight," and the ethereal ''The Abyss." "The Lord's Prayer" from "King of Kings" segues into "Riders of Doom" from "Conan the Barbarian," and the suite from "The Omen" segues into "Non Nobis Domine" from "Henry V." A surprising, eclectic, all-accompanied collection from the collaboration of London's renowned Crouch End Festival Chorus and the talented City of Prague Philharmonic.

Songlist: "O Fortuna" from Carmina Burana from Excalibur, "Prelude & Birth of Christ" from Jesus of Nazareth , "Agnus Dei" based on Adagio for Strings from The Scarlet Letter, "Never Surrender" from First Knight , The Abyss , "The Lord's Prayer" from King of Kings , "Riders of Doom" from Conan:The Barbarian , "Ave Maria: Guarini" from The Mission , "On Earth as it is in Heaven" from The Mission , Suite from The Lion in Winter , 1492: Conquest of Paradise , "Funeral & Finale" from The Vikings , Suite from The Omen , "Non Nobis Domine" from Henry V

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7787c | 00 1 CD | $12.98 | Some a cappella English Choral CDs


Crouch End Festival Chorus : Christmas Choral Classics : 00  1 CD : David Temple :  : 6026

Crouch End Festival Chorus : Christmas Choral Classics

Review: Twenty one favorite Christmas Carols and songs performed by the world renown Crouch End Festival Chorus (conductor - David Temple) will brighten anybody's Holiday season. Two of the most respected musical institutions bring together arrangements and orchestrations by Paul Bateman and Jeremy Marchant -harmonized by Charles Wood, David Wilcocks and Simon Fricker with brilliant editing - featuring Dolby Surround Sound and HDCD mastering for the connoisseurs listening pleasure. Entire album is a stand out with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", a Martin & Blaine tune that Judy Garland sang in "Meet Me in St. Louis", has become an every year classic - "Gaudete", a traditional carol blends eternal happiness, keeping with the season - "Ding Dong Merrily On High", listen as the chorus receive a wonderful workout and they love it - "Mary's Boy Child", the big Harry Belafonte hit that always reminds us why we celebrate Christmas - "Happy Xmas (War is Over)", the Lennon/Ono tune will tell you like it is - but a favorite and highlight is track eleven "Walking In The Air (from The Snowman), composed for an animated short film with a beautiful and very hauntingly mesmerizing theme.

Songlist: Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Joy to the World, Gaudete, I Beleive in Father Christmas, Do You Hear What I Hear?, The First Nowell, Ding Dong Merrily On High, Walking in the Air, The Twelve Days of Christmas, God Rest Ye Merrry Gentlemen, The Little Drummer Boy, White Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful, Mary's Boy Child, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Happy Xmas (War Is Over), We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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8688c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Accompanied Mixed Choir Christmas CDs


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