The new organist and choirmaster at Croydon Minster and Whitgift School is a busy man in the weeks before Christmas. JASON COURT got to speak to him in between rehearsals
There can’t be too many Bavarians in Croydon. Ronny Krippner is here, as organist and director of choral music at Croydon Minster and Whitgift School, and busy with some of the borough’s centenary commemorations of World War I.
A man in his element: Ronny Krippner at Croydon Minster, where is the director of choral music and organist
“On November 9 at the Fairfield Halls in the morning, the boys sing at the civic service of remembrance. Singing at the service is an honour. We do it every year, alternating between the boys’ and girls’ Minster choirs.
“Then Friday November 14 at 7.30pm, also at Fairfield Halls, we have a special concert together with the London Mozart Players, Whitgift School choristers and Portsmouth Grammar.
“They commissioned the famous composer, Jonathan Dove, to write a piece to commemorate the centenary of World War I, For an Unknown Soldier. It is a cantata in nine movements, very difficult, and for the choir to be performing it is a huge honour.
“It is a piece that will stand the test of time. The performance will be its London premiere. It is not uncommon for the Minster to be asked to perform this kind of thing as we have many people who sing at a very high standard.”
The Michaelmas Term is a busy time for any church choir, Krippner explains. Advent, the church’s season leading to Christmas, begins soon, too. “There are a series of choral services throughout Advent, starting with the Advent carol service, culminating in a fundraising Carols by Candlelight service, where funds are raised for the choir, before the Christmas Eve and Christmas day services.”