Singing since 1914
Singing since 1914  

Croydon Philharmonic Choir 

The Croydon Philharmonic Choir is the largest and longest-established choir in Croydon. We have been singing for more than 100 years and perform four concerts each year. We have around 100 members who comprise four choral sections: soprano, alto, baritone and bass.  We have an extensive repertoire, ranging from classic choral pieces to contemporary music. (Find more about our history here.)


We have an inspirational music director, David Gibson, who challenges us to bring out the best in ourselves.   We have a strong reputation for staging great concerts and sending our audiences home buzzing with excitement.



JOIN US!  We are a friendly, sociable choir and always give potential new members a warm welcome - click on the link to find out more.  And our News Page has the latest information about some exciting membership offers (click on the link).  


HEAR US!  Click on the link to go to our News Page where you can watch a film of us singing.    


SEE US!  The link takes you to a list of our concerts for 2021-22.  


We look forward to seeing you, whether you are thinking about joining us, or would like to come to our next concert (details below).  Either way, we promise you a great time!


We were hoping to resume live rehearsals soon -  but have learned that the government is  continuing its ban on amateur choirs meeting indoors with more than six members. It now looks very unlikely that we will able to stage a practice concert at St Matthews on Tuesday 22 June. Meanwhile we will continue to conduct online rehearsals.  Looking ahead, you can see our tentative plans for a return to concerts later this year  and in 2022 - please go to our concerts page for the list. 

Latest news

We were hoping to resume real-life rehearsals on 18 May.  We were gearing up for a return to St Matthew's Church - when, that very afternoon, the government "clarified" its advice to amateur choirs, namely that they were not allowed to meet in groups of more than six indoors (or 30 outdoors, for that matter).  So our plans to meet that night slammed into reverse, although not quickly enough to warn several members and our pianist Ian le Grice who turned up at the church.  Meanwhile our MD, David Gibson, was alerted on his train en route to Croydon and turned back.  So, sadly,  all our plans are back on hold, including the dry-run concert we hoped to stage at the end of June. If we dare look further ahead, we are still hoping to perform a revived programme of concerts, starting in November and with an exciting Christmas offering, Please see our Concerts page for our plans for 2021 and 2022.  Meanwhile we continue to rehearse the magnificent Bach Mass in B Minor, together with the several new pieces: the Misa Criolla, a hauntingly beautiful mass that uses Latin American and Creole rhythms; and a wonderful setting of poems by the Spanish genius Federico Lorca.    


If you want to find out more about us, use the links on this page or on the menu bar above. You can also use our contact form.

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