Croydon’s Mayor, Councillor Bernadette Khan, sang along with the Croydon Philharmonic Choir when it staged a one-hour carol concert at Croydon Boxpark on Sunday 9 December.
The mayor, together with her husband Qaiyum, were invited to the concert when the choir learned that she is a keen follower of choral singing. She said afterwards that the choir’s singing was “wonderful”. The mayor is pictured (left) with husband Qaiyum, choir music director David Gibson and chair Jill Aebi.
The choir’s one-hour set at Boxpark featured a dozen popular carols and Christmas songs, ending with We wish you a merry Christmas. An enthusiastic Boxpark crowd joined the mayor in singing the half-dozen audience numbers.
The choir staged the event in support of the South East Cancer Help Centre, a Purley-based charity which provides support for local cancer patients and their families. A collection at the concert raised over £110 for the centre, whose fundraiser Wendy Ager thanked the choir and audience for their generosity.
Mayor Bernadette Khan is to be a guest at the choir’s Christmas Cheer concert at St Matthew’s, East Croydon, on Monday 17 December. “I’m looking forward to it,” she said.
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. Tenors and basses can join for a whole year for 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.