Singing since 1914
Singing since 1914  

History of the Choir

Founded in 1914 by Alan Kirby, Croydon Philharmonic Choir quickly became recognised as one of the best in the country, particularly for its performances of Elgar. Kirby conducted the Choir until his death in 1959 and under his baton it became strongly associated with some of the leading figures in British music, performing with many eminent conductors, orchestras and soloists.


Kirby was succeeded by Myers Foggin and then in 1973 by James Gaddarn, who considerably developed the Choir's repertoire and versatility. His tenure included the commission and first performance of two major works - Heloise and Abelard by Dame Elizabeth Maconchy and Antonín Tučapský's Stabat Mater.


Our current Music Director, David Gibson has continued to take the choir into new territory, combining little-known works which deserve a wider audience with perennial favourites, and venturing beyond the Fairfield Halls to explore new venues in London and the south of England such as The Anvil in Basingstoke and London’s Cadogan Hall.

Fairfield Halls, 1962

Find out more

To find out how to join the choir, go to our Join Us page! Or contact our Membership Secretary, Katharina Kreissig.

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