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.
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 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 the Join Us page.
At our next concert we will be performing The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace, by Karl Jenkins (left). It is a profoundly stirring work, adapting the Latin mass and other sacred texts into an anti-war statement that parallels Britten's War Requiem. It is a very accessible piece, with wonderful tunes and dramatic climaxes, and we are looking forward to singing it enormously. We will also be performing Dona Nobis Pacem, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, to reinforce the "peace" theme of the concert. As usual, tickets will be on sale on the door, or you can book via our ticket line - 07903 011477.