Crouch End Festival Chorus

Biography

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The Crouch End Festival Chorus first came together in the mid-'80s, founded by David Temple and John Gregson (the pair had both sung as tenors in the London Philharmonic Choir). By the next decade, the choir had become one of England's leading large choirs, as they built a wide ranging repertoire that incorporated selections from standard classics to less familiar 20th century works (resulting in a total of four Performing Right Society Read more Enterprise Awards the CEFC's innovative programming of contemporary music). Although they'd racked up an impressive number of accomplishments by the mid-'90s, further accolades continued to flood in -- the choir was invited to sing in a concert to celebrate Philip Glass' 60th Birthday at the Royal Festival Hall with Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields conducted by Martyn Brabbins in 1997, in January of 1998, the choir performed the Verdi Requiem to a full house at Westminster Central Hall, with the year ending with the choir's first promotion at the Barbican.

A prime example of the CEFC's talent to combine classic and contemporary work, the choir commissioned Paul Patterson to compose Hell's Angels, which also featured the Brodsky Quartet, as the concert ended with a performance of Mozart's Requiem. The Crouch End Festival Chorus has also managed to release several recordings, including their ongoing Cinema Choral Classics series (which thus far has included a total of three releases), a collaboration with composer Joey Talbot titled Fin de Siècle, David Bedford's Twelve Hours of Sunset, which was recorded by the CEFC with BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as 2000s Christmas Choral Classics. The 1998-1999 season saw the choir promote their first concert at the Royal Festival Hall, with the season culminating with a concert of July 4, 1999, celebrating the United States' independence two renown works -- John Adams' Harmonium and a concert performance of highlights from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. There were further shows throughout 2000, tops being a program of Glass, Stravinsky, and Brahms at the Barbican Hall, a performance of Arvo Part's Credo and Berlioz's Grande Messe des Morts at Westminster Central Hall, as well as a rendition of Hayden's exuberant The Creation at the newly-refurbished Somerset House. At the Royal Albert Hall in May 2000, CEFC joined Lesley Garrett and Andrea Bocelli for a closing rendition of "There Is Nothing Like a Dame," at an AIDS fundraiser celebrating Elizabeth Taylor's Damehood. ~ Greg Prato Read less
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  • 1.
    Best Film 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31673 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gérard Caussé,  Augustin Dumay  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  Richard Hickox,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    Glass: Itaipu, Three Songs For Choir A Cappella
    Label: Orange Mountain Music   Catalog: 63 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Philip Glass
    Conductor:  Grant Gershon,  David Temple
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Master Chorale,  Crouch End Festival Chorus
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    Sacred Arias - Katherine Jenkins
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001229402 Release Date: 11/18/2008  
    Composer:  Ariel Ramirez,  Simon Lindley,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Jenkins
    Conductor:  Nicholas Dodd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  London Session Orchestra
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    Foulds: A World Requiem / Botstein, Charbonnet, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5058 Release Date: 02/05/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Foulds
    Performer:  Catherine Wyn-Rogers,  Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet,  Gerald Finley,  Stuart Skelton
    Conductor:  Leon Botstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  Philharmonia Chorus,  Trinity Boys Choir  ... 
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    Nessun Dorma - The Amazing Tenor / Tito Beltrán
    Label: Silva   Catalog: 6037 Release Date: 11/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Traditional,  Lucio Dalla  ... 
    Performer:  Tito Beltrán
    Conductor:  Robin Stapleton,  Paul Bateman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Music Of John Williams - 40 Years Of Film Music
    Label: Prime Time   Catalog: 810 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  John Williams
    Conductor:  Mario Klemens,  Paul Bateman,  Nic Raine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Crouch End Festival Chorus
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    Patterson: Hell's Angels, Mass Of The Sea / Simon, Et Al
    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1050 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Patterson
    Performer:  Christopher Keyte,  Ann Mackay,  Helen Meyerhoff
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon,  David Temple
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Brighton Festival Chorus,  Striking Sounds  ... 
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    Around The World / José Carreras
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85798 Release Date: 10/02/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Princess Te Rangi Pai,  Vasily Solov'yov-Sedoy,  Luiz Bonfá,  Pedro Junco Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  John Cameron,  Mario Berger,  Christian Kolonovits,  Wilfried Modlik  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Kolonovits,  John Cameron,  Paul Bateman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Christmas Choral Classics /Crouch End Festival Chorus, Et Al
    Label: Silva Classics   Catalog: 6026 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gloria Shayne Baker,  James Pierpont,  Anonymous,  Yoko Ono  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Make Believe - The Hollywood Baritones / Jason Howard
    Label: Silva Classics   Catalog: 6022 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Harry Warren,  Jerome Kern,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  James Greame,  Jason Howard,  John Langley,  James Pearson  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Orchestra,  Crouch End Festival Chorus
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    Bedford: Alleluia Timpanis, Symphony No 1, Etc / Brabbins
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 02/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Bedford
    Performer:  Piers Adams
    Conductor:  Jac Van Steen,  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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