2020-21 Season

Duke Ellington: Sacred Concert

Saturday 17 July 2021  7.30pm
Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY

Ellington Sacred Concert
Philip Glass Three Songs
Eric Whitacre i thank You God for most this amazing day
Morten Lauridsen O Magnum Mysterium
Lillie Harris Margaret

Crouch End Festival Chorus
Roland Perrin & The Blue Planet Orchestra
David Temple conductor
Zoë Brookshaw soprano

Crouch End Festival Chorus present a thrilling mixture of big band jazz and music for unaccompanied choir.  The main work is the Sacred Concert by legendary jazz composer and band leader Duke Ellington. Ellington’s first Sacred Concert was written for performance in the new Grace Cathedral in Washington, D.C. in 1965. This arrangement by John Høybye and Peder Pedersen, scored for soprano solo, choir and big band, draws on the series of concerts Ellington went on to create.  Preceding this is a collection of stunning a cappella works by Eric Whitacre, Philip Glass, Morten Lauridsen and young London-based composer Lillie Harris.
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Additional repertoire

Autumn 2020 rehearsals:

Mendelssohn Vom Himmel hoch
Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisncht
Mendelssohn Psalm 42
Faure Requiem

Spring 2021 rehearsals:

James McCarthy 17 Days 
Augusto Arias Tango Mass
Mozart Requiem
Brahms Schicksalslied
Bach St John Passion

Summer 2021 rehearsals:

Haydn Nelson Mass
Durufle Requiem
Poulenc Gloria


The choir continued to rehearse a wide range of music during lockdown on zoom and held in-person activities when permitted. 

You can listen to us singing here.

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