Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Eclectic celebration

On Saturday 18 January the Crouch End Festival Chorus (CEFC) is presenting a programme which celebrates its 30th anniversary with a typically eclectic selection of contemporary music. Conducted by David Temple, they are performing music by TV & film composer Murray Gold (best known for his work on Dr Who) Robert Fripp (who was guitarist with King Crimson in the 1970's) and David Bedford, a composer whose work embraced both popular and more complex contemporary classical.

CEFC have performed on a number of TV soundtracks for Gold, and for their first commission of 2014 the choir will be performing Gold's when my brother fell into the river... described as a highly personal exploration of loss. Composer Andrew Keeling has arranged Robert Fripp's Soundscapes (originally written for the group King Crimson), recreating Fripp's ethereal looping effects using live singers and orchestra. The programme is completed with David Bedford's Twelve Hours of Sunset, a piece which uses involves some stunning vocal techniques which combine to create a dream-like meditation on time and space.

The concert takes place at the Barbican Centre on Saturday 18 January, David Temple conducts the Crouch End Festival Chorus and the London Orchestra da Camera, further information from the choir's website.

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