On 22 June 1984 the now internationally acclaimed Crouch End Festival Chorus rehearsed for the first time in Middle Lane Methodist Church.
CEFC founders John Gregson and David Temple persuaded eighty local singers to turn up – a mix of people, from music graduates to those who had never sung in a choir before.
Three months later those singers plus forty more from London Philharmonic Choir performed Verdi’s Requiem in Hornsey Town Hall, thus beginning the journey this wonderful choir has taken under the baton of David Temple.
To celebrate its 30th birthday, CEFC is staging one of the greatest and most dramatic works in the choral repertoire. In the spirit of the first performance in 1984, the choir will be joined at Alexandra Palace by singers from the local community as well as four top soloists and the Forest Philharmonic Orchestra.
Get here early and soak up the atmosphere of our Festival Village – featuring a line-up of the finest names in London street food and an eclectic bill of bands and DJs. Start your gig the right way.
Alexandra Palace Way
Tube: Wood Green
Railway: Alexandra Palace Rail
Bus: W3 or Shuttle Bus
Alexandra Palace is a charity, run for the benefit of everyone. Our Park, Palace and spectacular events have been enriching lives since 1863, but the coronavirus pandemic has hit us hard. To be blunt, we are looking at a £1m shortfall this year and the same again next year. We know this time has been hard on many people but, if you can afford it, your support will help us get through this crisis.