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Mendelssohn: Elijah: Crouch End Festival Chorus, London Orchestra da Camera, Sir Willard White, Ben Johnson, James Dillon, Erica Eloff, Diana Moore
Celebrated north London choir Crouch End Festival Chorus have scored a coup by signing up Cardiff Singer of the World audience favourite Ben Johnson for their upcoming performance of Mendelssohn’s great oratorio Elijah.
Tenor soloist Johnson will share the stage with legendary opera star Sir Willard White who performs the role of Elijah, at the Barbican Centre concert on Sunday 13 October 2013.
Crouch End Festival Chorus are known for their eclectic repertoire and busy schedule, broadcasting regularly on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, performing with rock greats Noel Gallagher and Ray Davies, and recording soundtracks for film and TV, including Doctor Who.
Ben Johnson, who represented England at the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World competition, won the Audience Prize in a tough contest against the world’s top young singers. A graduate of the Royal College of Music, Johnson won the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2008 and performs regularly with the UK’s major opera companies.
The Jamaican-born bass-baritone, Sir Willard White, known especially for his portrayal of Porgy in George Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess, will also be a major draw for audiences as the choir builds momentum towards its 30th anniversary in 2014.
Conducted by David Temple.
This event takes place at Barbican Centre, which has achieved Silver Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Crouch End Festival Chorus is one of the UK’s leading symphonic choirs. Based in north London, it was founded in 1984 by David Temple and John Gregson. David has remained as music director ever since, shaping the choir’s progress as it has built a fine reputation in the UK and internationally.
With some 150 singers on its books, CEFC is known for its versatility and eclectic repertoire, ranging from the traditional classical works to modern and specially commissioned pieces. The Chorus promotes its own concerts at major venues such as the Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London, while also celebrating its local roots with performances in north London.
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One of the world's great bass-baritones, famed for his enormous, rich voice and powerful stage presence. He has sung in every major opera house around the world, building up a huge repertoire and receiving rave reviews wherever he appears.
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Tenor Ben Johnson is equally at home in opera recital and oratorio. He has worked with Sir Mark Elder and Esa-Pekka Salonen and made his BBC Proms debut in 2009 in Handel’s ‘Samson’.
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