Sponsor our next recording - Britten: Saint Nicolas

In just over three decades, Crouch End Festival Chorus has become one of the UK’s leading symphonic choirs, recognised for its first-class performances of a wide-ranging repertoire of music in both concert hall and recording studio.

‘Crouch End Festival Chorus put many of the London’s orchestral choruses to shame with the precision and musicality of their singing,’ said theartsdesk's Alexandra Coghlan in review of Parry’s Judith in April 2019.

Following our critically-acclaimed and commercially successful recording of J.S. Bach’s St John Passion with Chandos Records in 2017, we are now making a new recording of two of Benjamin Britten’s best-known choral works: Saint Nicolas and A Ceremony of Carols.

Parry's Judith showed that Crouch End Festival Chorus is outstanding at telling stories. The story of Saint Nicolas includes moments of fun, terror, suspense and togetherness and fits perfectly with our dynamic style of singing, attention to nuance, and sense of drama.

Working with leading independent classical label Signum Records, the recording took place in January and March 2020 and be released later in the year. Under the direction of David Temple MBE, the recording will also involve the BBC Concert Orchestra, a children’s choir and tenor soloist.


For the project to go ahead, the chorus needs to raise at least £17,000 to cover the artistic costs associated with the recording  - soloists, orchestra, venue and music hire. Signum Records will fund the recording, editing, mastering, artwork, manufacturing and marketing. This is a typical arrangement for classical recordings with professional ensembles regularly raising funds to enable high-quality classical recordings to be produced.

If you would like to make a sponsorship donation, please contact the choir's Fundraising Manager, Sue Steel at fundraising@cefc.org.uk


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