Saturday, November 25, 2006

Crouch End Festival Chorus news, and yet more books

Yesterday evening was a rehearsal for A Child of our Time and the Spring Symphony. The first of these is solidly in CEFC's repertoire - we've sung it several times, including the premiere performance in Poland at the Wratislavia Cantans festival in 1994. The Britten is less familiar: we've performed it once, and I'm very much looking forward to the concert on 20th January in the Barbican Centre. The choir is singing stunningly well at the moment, so I'd highly recommend coming along.

This week we also received confirmation of a concert for the BBC in November 2008 which will probably be broadcast - more news when contracts have been agreed. There is also the possibility of a TV advert recording sometime in the next few weeks.

Plans are progressing for the major event I mentioned in my blog on 7th October. This will be a world premiere performance of a major new choral work, with another contemporary work receiving its second ever performance in the first half of the concert. We're aiming for two performances in central London in the summer of 2008, followed by a commercial recording of both pieces. Over the next few weeks we will be meeting some of the larger charitable trusts and grant-making bodies to try to secure seed funding, and also identifying an educational or multi-cultural charity to work alongside us on an education project based around the concert and the recording. If all goes according to plan this will be launched in the UK and the USA later in 2008. Keep watching this space, and if you are a chorus member you will learn more about the project at the AGM on 26th January.

Another 10 books from the 1001 that I've read and enjoyed:

Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass
Émile Zola: Thérèse Raquin
Louisa May Alcott: Little Women
Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace
Thomas Hardy: Return of the Native
Peter Carey: Oscar and Lucinda
Pat Barker: Regeneration
Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho
Jung Chang: Wild Swans

Tomorrow I'll be blogging about the first rehearsal for our concerts with Ennio Morricone next weekend.

Right! I'm off now to Caron's party...