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.'
David welcomes local people to a singing workshop