2021-22 programme


Mozart: Requiem

Sunday 24 October 2021  3.00pm
Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Mozart Requiem
Jessica Curry Echo
Brahms Schicksalslied

Crouch End Festival Chorus 
London Mozart Players

David Temple conductor
Francesca Chiejina soprano
Kathryn Rudge 
mezzo soprano
Ronald Samm 
tenor
Benjamin Bevan 
baritone

Crouch End Festival Chorus, under its conductor David Temple, performs Mozart’s Requiem, one of the greatest works in the choral repertoire. Commissioned in 1791 when the composer’s health was failing, Mozart created a work which was completed after his death by Süssmayr and contains some of his most sublime and evocative music.  The choir then presents the world premiere of a work by Jessica Curry, renowned for her award-winning scores for computer games. Echo is based on an evocative Christina Rossetti poem combining passion and mystery. Completing the programme is one of Brahms’s greatest choral pieces, the Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny).

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Grand Christmas Classics 

Thursday 9 December 2021 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Classical favourites rub shoulders with well-loved carols at a festive concert from the Philharmonia Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus. More information

 


Sing Christmas!

Saturday 18 December 2021 4.30pm & 7.30pm
St Michael's Church, South Grove, London N6 6BJ

A selection of Christmas classics

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

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Christmas with King's College Choir

Tuesday 21 December 2021 7.30pm
Barbican Hall, Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS

A glorious programme of festive classics. More information

 


Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn

Sunday 23 January 2022 3.00pm
Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Felix Mendelssohn Vom Himmel hoch
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Lockung
Felix Mendelssohn Psalm 42
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel Hiob Cantata
Felix Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Mozart Players
David Temple conductor
Julia Doyle soprano
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones mezzo soprano
Ronald Samm tenor
Ashley Riches baritone

This concert features the music of siblings Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.  The most substantial work is Felix’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht, a dramatic cantata set on a dark mountain where the Druids and Christians are in conflict. Stylistically the music looks back to Haydn and forwards to Wagner and Mahler. Vom Himmel hoch is a beautiful work very much in the style of Felix’s great inspiration, JS Bach. Fanny’s works include an exquisite a cappella part song and the more notable Hiob (Job) Cantata for chorus, soloists and orchestra. The programme is completed with Felix’s sumptuous Psalm 42 (As pants the hart for cooling streams…)

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Sir Karl Jenkins in Concert

Friday 18 March 2022 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

One of the most performed living composers conducts a selection of his favourite works. The Armed Man is performed alongside highlights from Symphonic Adiemus and Palladio. More information


Beethoven's 9th Symphony

Sunday 3 April 2022 7.30pm
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Beethoven’s final symphony is widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements of human creativity. In the final movement he breaks the boundaries of the orchestra itself, invoking the human voice to share his message of brotherhood. His setting of Ode to Joy has become an anthem for freedom and fellowship around the world.  More information


A Sea Symphony

Sunday 8 May 2022 7.30pm

Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Poulenc Gloria
Rani Arbo Crossing the Bar

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera
David Temple
 conductor
Sarah Fox soprano
Ashley Riches baritone

Ralph Vaughan Williams was born 150 years ago in 1872. His epic work A Sea Symphony from 1910 is the focus of this concert. It features the poetry of Walt Whitman and was the piece which truly established Ralph Vaughan Williams as a composer.

The concert will start with Gloria by Francis Poulenc. This brilliant and quirky setting was partly inspired by the composer watching monks playing football.

And rounding off the full programme, supporting the choir’s commitment to the inclusion of women composers in its concerts, will be Crossing the Bar by American composer Rani Arbo.

 


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring in Concert

Friday 27 May 2022 7.30pm
Saturday 28 May 2022 1.30pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 29 May 2022 1.00pm & 6.00pm 
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

This screening will see the music of Middle-earth come to life, with Howard Shore’s Academy Award-winning score being performed live by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus whilst the movie plays on the big screen above. More information

 


Video Games in Concert

Thursday 2 June 2022 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Awe-inspiring scores from World of Warcraft, Super Mario, Fortnite, Halo, The Legend of Zelda and many more are brought to breathtaking life by the power of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Presented by award-winning video game music conductor and composer, Eimear Noone, and featuring Crouch End Festival Chorus, this must-see concert is as unmissable for gamers as it is for lovers of all live music. More information 

  


Beethoven's Mass in C major

Wednesday 29 June 2022 7.30pm
Sheldonian Theatre, Broad StreetOxford OX1 3AZ

Beethoven’s primary concern in his radiant Mass in C major was ‘not God or princes, but the human being entering the church.’ A combination of spirituality and humanity can be felt in almost every bar of the piece, which treated the text and sentiments of the Mass as they had never been treated before. American conductor Peter Tiboris is at the helm of the Orchestra for a concert which also includes Beethoven’s great concert aria Ah! perfido.  More information

 



Verdi Requiem - First night of the BBC Proms

Friday 15 July 2022 7.30pm
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

in the vast spaces of the Royal Albert Hall, Sakari Oramo assembles two choruses, a multinational team of solo singers (including 2021 Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize winner Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha) and the full forces of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and prepares to raise the roof. A truly spectacular First Night of the 2022 BBC Proms.  More information