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 planning to make 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 is scheduled to take 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.

We are launching a fundraising drive with the aim of reaching at least £8,000 by October 2019 through two levels of donation.


Platinum Sponsorship of £1,000 and above

You will receive:
Two VIP tickets for CEFC’s performance of Britten’s Saint Nicolas at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London on 18 April 2020 (with programmes and interval drinks), a dedication in the CD notes, free CD and opportunity to attend a recording session.

Gold Sponsorship of £250

You will receive:
A dedication in the CD notes and a free CD.

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

In the unlikely event that the recording does not go ahead, CEFC will refund any personal donations made in support of it.

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