Category Archives: Music

There’s A Bit Of A Do going on in Croydon’s Front Room

There is going to be A Bit of A Do in Croydon later this month. Ahead of Croydon’s turn as London’s Borough of Culture (details of which we await with bated breath), the Drunken Chorus Theatre Company sets out its … Continue reading

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Lunchtime recitals at Croydon Minster, Fridays, Oct 7-Dec 2

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The Sixteen’s return adds up to wonderful music at The Minster

Slowly life, and arts, are getting back to ‘normal’, as our veteran culture correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, was delighted to discover at a concert by the choral group The Sixteen at Croydon Minster on Monday I was getting impatient. I had … Continue reading

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St Paul’s Jubilee Barn Dance, South Croydon, Oct 1

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Coleridge-Taylor hits the right notes for Black History Month

Croydon’s very own black classical composer is to be celebrated in a prestigious concert at Fairfield Halls on Sunday, October 9, part of the arts venue’s programme of events marking Black History Month. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor wrote his epic choral work … Continue reading

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Black British Classical Foundation concert, St Mildred’s, Oct 1

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Crystal Palace Festival is going back to its roots for return

After a three-year wait, the Crystal Palace Festival is back, on September 17 and 18. The Festival marks its return post-covid by going back to its high street roots, with festival hubs popping up all around the high street area … Continue reading

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CODA’s Old Time Music Hall, Sanderstead, Sep 30-Oct 1

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Two Days At The Opera: Fairfield’s match with Glyndebourne

It’s been a non-stop summer of social whirl for our veteran arts correspondent, BELLA BARTOCK, who has popped her corks at Glyndebourne one week and found herself sitting in the ‘cheap seats’ at the Fairfield Halls the next… The expensively … Continue reading

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Police issue apology to residents for Lloyd Park festival

Local police issued an apology on Saturday night to residents living around Lloyd Park after the first day of the weekend-long Garage Nation music festival staged in the public park. The event organisers claimed to have sold out all its … Continue reading

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Lloyd Park locals confront council vacuum over two-day ‘rave’

For the second time this summer, Croydon Council has caused anger among the people they are meant to serve, with wide-ranging complaints from residents living in and around Lloyd Park they have had little or no information about a major … Continue reading

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Opera House’s BME mentorship scheme is a ‘game changer’

The orchestra at the Royal Opera House has launched a groundbreaking pilot programme for young musicians from underrepresented backgrounds, to provide mentoring tailored to the participants’ needs whilst enhancing skill sets, insight and training in the classical music field. The … Continue reading

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Carnival returns to London Road with free festival of music

In its 11th year, Carnival returns  on London Road this Sunday, celebrating local communities and culture in what someone at the council has described as “Croydon’s summer of fun”. London Road will host the party from noon to 5pm on … Continue reading

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Martin How: organist who devoted his life to church music

DAVID MORGAN pays tribute to the emeritus organist at Croydon Minster, who has died, aged 91 Martin How, who died on Monday, aged 91, spent a lifetime working in music, much of it with the Royal School of Church Music … Continue reading

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Kate Moss is a model of good behaviour on Desert Island Discs

Kate Moss, among the most famous people ever to emerge from Croydon, has sparked a fashion industry row this week with a revealing interview on Desert Island Discs in which she said she was targeted by a sex pest photographer … Continue reading

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London Mozart Players return with ‘revamp’ of the Messiah

The London Mozart Players, the “resident orchestra” of the Fairfield Halls that has been notable by their rare concert appearances at the council-owned venue in the last three years, has now published its performance dates into 2023, including what they … Continue reading

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ENO’s revolutionary £5 tickets for La Bohème at Fairfield

The English National Opera chose Bastille Day to announce some revolutionary ticket pricing for a special, one-off performance of La Bohème at the Fairfield Halls next month. Tickets are just £5 (plus a £1 booking fee) for the ENO’s performance … Continue reading

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Bees attack! Swarm puts sting in the tail of Purley Way party

The “world’s biggest party” finished with a sting for many at MattsBBQ on Saturday night, when a swarm of bees descended on Purley Way playing fields. The bees “attack” was video’d by some of the thousands of party-goers, showing terrified … Continue reading

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Mayor Perry has LOST the plot over latest Allders scheme

Hammerson and Westfield are back in town, only this time they’re offering a bit of artwashing in the disused Allders department store building. EXCLUSIVE by STEVEN DOWNES Fabien Riggall, the founder of Secret Cinema, today confirmed Inside Croydon’s report earlier … Continue reading

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Founder of Secret Cinema makes bid to move in to Allders

EXCLUSIVE: The old department store could be about to get a new lease of life with ‘immersive’ performances of movies such as Dirty Dancing, Blade Runner or Guardians of the Galaxy. By STEVEN DOWNES Fabien Riggall, the man who has … Continue reading

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Proms composer Demuth’s music is overdue an encore

SUNDAY SUPPLEMENT: A Croydon-born composer whose works have been forgotten deserves a revival, writes DAVID MORGAN The BBC Proms begins next month. Eighty years ago, in the war-torn summer of 1942, among the varied concerts performed at the Royal Albert … Continue reading

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Right Royal Summer Treat concert, Old Coulsdon, Jul 9

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Crystal Palace Festival volunteering fair, Jun 19

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Minster choir hits right notes alongside Abbey and St Paul’s

Croydon Minster’s choirs have been named among some of the best-known singing groups from cathedrals around the country as recipients of a special grant in recognition of their outstanding work and performances. The Cathedral Music Trust has named Croydon Minster … Continue reading

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Together! – mass choir concert, Croydon Minster, Jun 18

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