We have produced an exciting short film showing us in rehearsal and in a concert performance. It lasts just under eight minutes and provides a brilliant showcase of our appeal and our talents. The film, produced by Anna Keel, shows us rehearsing and then performing our concert at St John's, Upper Norwood on 4 November 2017, when we sang Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams and The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins. It also gives a sense of the choir's atmosphere and the pleasure and rewards its members find in singing. The film is to be shown in local cinemas and will act as a wonderful recruitment aid. Just click on the link below to watch it!
We have almost 100 active members. We are always keen to have more, and we have some big offers for anyone joining us. All new members get their first term free. If you are a tenor, your entire first year is free. There is a 50% discount for anyone under 30. And full-time students pay nothing at all!
Singing is inspirational, beneficial - and fun. If you would like to try us out, come to one of our rehearsals at St Matthew's Church in Chichester Road. Proceedings 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, we can sign you up and you will be singing on stage with the rest of us in no time.
There are more details on how to take advantage of our big membership offers on the Join Us page.
The Croydon Philharmonic Choir sang to raise funds for the Croydon Foodbank on Sunday, December 10. The choir staged a one-hour performance at Croydon Boxpark, singing carols and other songs from its Christmas repertoire. It won resounding applause from the Boxpark audience, who donated £235 to Foodbank funds. We collected a further £280 for the Foodbank at our brilliant Christmas Concert at St Matthew's on December 18.
For our next concert, we are delighted to be back at Croydon Minster. We shall be singing Rossini's delightful and moving Petite Messe Solennelle, written in 1863 and demonstrating
all his skills as an operatic composer. As with the original performance, the music will be played on harmonium (Ian le Grice) and piano (Siobhain O'Higgins) and we have top-flight soloists lined up too. Tickets cost just £12 (concessions £6). You can buy them via firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door on the night. Photo of Gioachino Rossini above.
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 are proud of our place in the Croydon community and this was confirmed when Croydon's mayor, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, attended our splendid Baroque Bliss concert in November 2016. Our photo above shows the mayor (centre right) along with (from left) our music director, David Gibson, our chair, Jill Aebi, and the mayor's consort and partner, Michael Trakas. Afterwards the mayor commented: "I could have sat there for hours listening to such wonderful music. Croydon Philharmonic Choir is a wonderful organisation and we are extremely proud to support you during my mayoral year and beyond."
This was one of many scintillating occasions for the choir. We sing with major orchestras such as 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. 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.