Crouch End Festival Chorus' mission is to engage and inspire a growing audience through excellent singing, audacious programming, high-quality recordings, and commissioning works from new and established composers.
Our charitable aims are to promote, develop and maintain public appreciation of and education in the art and science of music, and in particular of choral music. We aim to do this internationally, nationally, and also in particular for the community of Crouch End, by presentation of concerts and recitals, holding educational workshops and by other activities as determined by the Management Committee.
Composer Laura Bowler takes a workshop with local children.
In November 2017 Crouch End Festival Chorus committed to helping create and enthuse future generations of musicians. Our exciting commission navigating the dog watch, combined with the generous financial support of the Tottenham Grammar School Foundation, offered us the perfect opportunity to work with local schools on a composition project.
Around 180 children from Rhodes Avenue and Coldfall Primary Schools took part in workshops with the composer Laura Bowler and CEFC music director David Temple where they explored how they could make their own music from the everyday sounds of their lives. The children engaged with the ideas and had a lot of fun.
A group of 45 of the children came to hear the premiere of the commission and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at our Barbican concert on 20 October. One of their teachers said: 'The concert was an incredible experience for the children and we all had a wonderful time. The visuals that went with Laura's piece were mesmerising and added so much to the whole experience of the piece, particularly as Laura had talked so much about the journey when she came into school.'
David Temple commented: 'The workshops were both illuminating and productive. The children's imagination and creativity were stimulated by Laura's music and the activities surrounding it. My favourite aspect of the whole venture was hearing the feedback about the concert itself from the schools. A brilliant achievement all round.'
In June 2017 Crouch End Festival Chorus travelled back to the 1980s with an enjoyable community event in the church where the choir first rehearsed. Sing Creation! saw CEFC singers team up with locals at Holy Innocents Church in Tottenham Lane N8 for a one-day workshop as part of the Crouch End Festival.
The piece to be tackled was Haydn’s Creation. Conductor David Temple chose the English language version, following the success of the CEFC recording of Bach’s St John Passion sung in English. As he pointed out, Creation was inspired by the composer’s visits to England, and has long been published with English and German texts side by side.
David welcomes local people to Sing Creation!
During the workshop, the group rehearsed favourites such as The Heavens are Telling the Glory of God, supported by CEFC principal accompanist Peter Jaekel. David Temple reminisced about the early days of the choir he co-founded with tenor John Gregson, and said how impressed he was at the high standard of the non-auditioned guest singers at the workshop. The event finished with an informal concert appreciated by family, friends and passers-by, and a collection in aid of the church’s winter night shelter for homeless people.
The next workshop in Crouch End will be on June 8 2019, and will work on Sir Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man. Click here for more information on how to get involved.