2018-19 programme

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 'Choral' with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday 22 September 2018

The Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP

An unmissable all-Beethoven concert culminating in the monumental 'Choral Symphony' with its climactic Ode to Joy.


West Side Story

Wednesday 24 October 2018 7:30 PM
Barbican Hall, London EC2Y 8DS

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture 
Ryan Latimer Frigates & Folly (world premiere of Crouch End Festival Chorus commission)
Bernstein Chichester Psalms
Bernstein West Side Story Suite No. 2

Crouch End Festival Chorus teams up with the renowned BBC Concert Orchestra and talented Musical Theatre graduates of the Royal Academy of Music for a performance celebrating the 100th anniversary year of Leonard Bernstein's birth.


Andrea Bocelli

Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November 2018

The O2 Arena, London SE10 0DX

The popular Italian tenor, one of the biggest selling classical artists of all time, returns to London for two special nights at the O2. More information.


Ennio Morricone - The 60 Years of Music Tour

Monday 26 November 2018

The O2 Arena, London SE10 0DX

The world's greatest living film composer performs his last-ever UK concert at the O2 in London. More information.


Christmas with King's College Choir

Thursday 13 December 2018

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

The world-renowned Choir of King's College, Cambridge joins forces with The Philhamonia Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus for a night of Christmas celebration. More information.


Sing Christmas! 2018

Saturday 15 December 2018 7:30 PM
Holy Innocents, 134 Tottenham Lane, London N8 7EL

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple conductor
Peter Jaekel organ and piano

Crouch End Festival Chorus is delighted to be holding its Christmas concert this year at Holy Innocents – the church where the choir started out in the 1980s.


Home Alone in Concert

Saturday 22 December 2018

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7 2AP

This much-loved comedy classic movie featuring John Williams' delightful score is shown live with music from the Cinematic Sinfonia and Crouch End Festival Chorus. Conducted by Ben Palmer. More information.


Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius

Sunday 10 February 2019 7:00 PM
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players
David Temple conductor
Kitty Whately mezzo soprano
Robert Murray tenor
Ashley Riches baritone

Crouch End Festival Chorus returns to the music of Elgar after an absence of 11 years. The Dream of Gerontius, based on a poem by Cardinal Newman, is Elgar's most famous and beloved choral work. Despite a premiere that did not do it justice, it was later hailed as a success and helped elevate Elgar to the forefront of European composers.

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Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday 16 February 2019

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester M2 3WS

Hector Berlioz's captivating comic opera is one of the most joyful operatic translations of Shakespeare from page to stage. More information.


Parry: Judith

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Witness the first full London performance since the 19th century of Hubert Parry's stunning oratorio Judith under the baton of William Vann. More information.


Handel: Messiah

Saturday 6 April 2019 7:30 PM
St John’s Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA

Handel Messiah

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Bach Camerata
David Temple conductor
Jessica Cale soprano 
Diana Moore mezzo-soprano 
Sam Furness tenor
Benjamin Bevan baritone

Handel's Messiah is the best-known and best-loved choral work of all time. Building on the success of CEFC's performance and Chandos recording of J S Bach's St John Passion, the choir works once more with the Bach Camerata, a period orchestra, combining this authenticity of sound with the thrilling communicative power and dynamic range for which the choir is known. The work will sound magnificent in St John's Smith Square which was engulfed by fire in 1742, the same year that Messiah was first performed. Restoration then and also after World War Two has ensured the survival of this wonderful venue.


Vaughan Williams: Mass in G minor plus works by
Vasks, Bruckner, Britten, Tavener and Pearsall

Saturday 22 June 2019 7:30 PM
St Andrew Holborn, London EC4A 3AF

Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
Anton Bruckner Motets
Pēteris Vasks Plainscapes
John Tavener Annunciation
Benjamin Britten Hymn to the Virgin
Robert Pearsall Lay a Garland

Crouch End Festival Chorus
David Temple conductor
Ruth Rogers violin
Sarah Butcher cello

Here is a rich mixture of familiar pieces and groundbreaking contemporary choral music – a concert in which Crouch End Festival Chorus will create a variety of soundscapes. Vaughan Williams’s beautiful Mass in G minor is featured alongside the hypnotic Plainscapes by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks, for choir, solo violin and solo cello, and works by Tavener, Britten and Pearsall.

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