Croydon Philharmonic Choir is recognised as one of the finest choirs in southern England. We have a long and distinguished history, performing a rich and varied repertoire in Croydon and south-east England for the past century, culminating in the celebrations which marked our hundredth anniversary in December 2014.
We sing with major orchestras who include the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. We have taken part in the BBC Proms in the Park, Songs of Praise and the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. We sing at a range of venues, from the Fairfield Halls in Croydon to the Cadogan Hall in central London.
Led by our inspirational music director, David Gibson, we sing a rich and diverse mix of programmes and are supported by professional soloists and orchestras.
We have almost 100 active members - and are always looking for more. Singing is inspirational, beneficial - and fun. If you would like to try us out, come to one of the open rehearsals which we are holding on September 6, 13 and 20 at our regular rehearsal venue, St Matthew's Church in Chichester Road. They start at 7.15pm. You can contact us first, using the details on our website - or just turn up. We welcome all voices - especially tenors and sopranos! You will find us sociable and inclusive. You don't need lots of experience - just a liking of music and a readiness to learn. If you decide you would like to join us after meeting us, we can sign you up and you will singing on stage with the rest of us in no time.
Our next concert is a celebration of Baroque music, featuring two of its giants, Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Pachelbel. We will be singing two pieces by Vivaldi, his Gloria and Dixit Dominus, together with Pachelbel's Singet dem Herrn. The concert will also include Pachelbel's renowned instrumental piece Canon in D. The evening promises all that is best about Baroque, from its seductive tunes to its compulsive rhythms. Come and savour the musical splendour of the late 17th and early 18th century in Bingham Road, Croydon! (Photo shows the early 18th century Baroque abbey at Meik, Austria.)