Crouch End Festival Chorus
|Crouch End Festival Chorus|
|Origin||Crouch End, London|
|Genres||Classical, popular music, soundtrack, film score|
|Years active||1984 - present|
|Labels||Silva Screen, Silva Classics|
Crouch End Festival Chorus (CEFC) is a symphonic choir based in Crouch End, a northern suburb of London. CEFC was formed in 1984 by John Gregson and David Temple, who remains the choir's conductor. Unlike other large symphony choirs the chorus is independent, promoting its own concerts of choral and choral-orchestral music in venues including the Barbican and the South Bank Centre as well as smaller venues in North London and elsewhere. Its repertoire spans the entire history of Western choral music. It has commissioned works by composers including John Woolrich, Joby Talbot, Howard Haigh, Orlando Gough, David Bedford, Paul Patterson, Robert Hugill, Simon Bainbridge, Sally Beamish and Ian Lawrence.
In August 2008 Crouch End Festival Chorus performed in its fifth BBC Promenade Concert. It has also featured in the BBC Electric Proms with Ray Davies of The Kinks as well as Oasis in 2008, and in the Barbican's 'Only Connect' series. The Chorus has collaborated with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra among others. It has performed a number of times with film composer Ennio Morricone and has recorded a significant amount of material for film and television, appearing on more than 60 CDs including albums by Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, Jonathan Ansell and Lesley Garrett and by pop artists Travis, The Divine Comedy, and Ray Davies.
- Prato, Greg. "Crouch End Festival Chorus Biography", allmusic. Retrieved on March 9, 2007.
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