Category Archives: Music

Jingle Bells! 3 pairs of Christmas concert tickets to be won!!

What a great way to get into the swing of things for the festive season – WIN a pair of tickets to the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra’s Swingin’ Christmas concert at the Fairfield Halls on December 21 in our exclusive … Continue reading

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Len Phillips Swing Orchestra concert, Fairfield Halls, Dec 21

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West End at The Library, Upper Norwood Library, Oct 31

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READER OFFER: Win tickets for Scouting For Girls at Fairfield

Inside Croydon is delighted to be able to offer a pair of tickets for next month’s concert by Scouting For Girls at the Fairfield Halls, when up-and-coming band Aliensdontringdoorbells will be the support act. This fabulous competition is open exclusively … Continue reading

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Trinity pupil hits all the right notes to win Steinway competition

Ed Warner has been named as the winner of the 2021 Trinity-Steinway Scholarship, after a day-long set of performances under the gaze of staff at the Royal College of Music. The Trinity-Steinway Scholarship is a collaboration between Trinity, Steinway and … Continue reading

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Croydon’s jazz fans are feeling at home in The Front Room

Jazz has returned to central Croydon, with regular lunchtime concerts finding a new venue, as JOHN CHAMBERS explains For more than 20 years, a hard core of around 30 jazz fans used to meet at the Clocktower Café every Thursday … Continue reading

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Jazz at The Front Room, St George’s Walk, every Thursday

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Community station has questions over council’s radio silence

Town Hall leaders were keen enough to promote themselves with selfies in the studios, but now a manager at the town’s community station claims they have been ‘black-listed’  by the council. By STEVEN DOWNES One week has passed since Croydon … Continue reading

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Wireless exposes disconnect between Bromley and neighbours

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The impact of the Wireless Festival in Crystal Palace Park last weekend, and its effect on residents neighbouring boroughs has seen GLYNN McDONALD raise some serious questions of the park’s new trust The Wireless Festival staged in Crystal … Continue reading

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Park trust forced to issue apology after raucous rap weekend

The Crystal Palace Park Trust and its new chief exec, Bill LoSasso, faced their first crisis at the weekend, as controversy engulfed the Wireless Festival, a three-night rap event drawing crowds of 50,000 per day, where one star was arrested … Continue reading

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Cultural hopes are raised as Talawa and Nick Cave take a bow

Two shows staged at the borough’s major arts centre over the weekend helped to underline how precious the Fairfield Halls should be for Croydon. If only the artistic programme on offer more generally could rise to the local public’s expectations, … Continue reading

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Young singing talents are given audition chance at Minster

By DAVID MORGAN Fancy having a singing career like Ed Sheeran’s? Think you may have a voice to match Katherine Jenkins? Then an event being staged at Croydon Minster later this month could be something that you really don’t want … Continue reading

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RSCM International Chorister Day, Croydon Minster, Sep 19

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Now top art critic warns: ‘Somebody is going to wind up in jail’

One of the country’s leading art critics, Norman Lebrecht, has today weighed in to the gathering storm around the £70million Fairfield Halls fiasco, warning that, “Somebody is going to wind up in jail” over what he calls the “chaotic rebuilding” … Continue reading

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CODA’s Old Time Musical Hall, Sanderstead, Sep 24-25

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Choirs emerge from lockdown with Oval and Fairfield dates

Two of Croydon’s leading choirs are gearing up for a return to performing in public for the first time since lockdown last year. First off the mark is the Croydon Male Voice Choir, which is singing to diners at the … Continue reading

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It’s time to put back the Sparks into Croydon’s Fairfield Halls

For £70m, the Fairfield Halls should be offering a lot more for the community, says KEN TOWL If the Fairfield Halls disappoint, and they do, over and over, it is because they have a lot to live up to. Through … Continue reading

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Switch to Shirley church gets choir all back under one roof

By PETER GILLMAN For some of the borough’s music groups, there is the beginnings of a return to “normality”, however slowly. The Croydon Male Voice Choir has managed to get back to indoor rehearsing. After months when only a handful … Continue reading

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Sundown Sessions offer free music and cinema in the park

The Crystal Palace Festival team has launched a series of free, mid-week Sundown Sessions at the Crystal Palace Bowl, in conjunction with the South Facing Festival. The South Facing Festival got underway at the weekend with packed audiences to see … Continue reading

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The Fairfield Halls Community Choir is seeking a new home

By VERONA CHARD Prior to Lockdown, I ran the Fairfield Halls Community Choir “plus sessions”, I had created for toddlers and babies called “Donkey Dots For Tots”, plus a monthly musical balloon band prom for families. But I’ve been told … Continue reading

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Millions of questions for BHLive over Fairfield grant aid

CROYDON IN CRISIS: It’s like nothing has ever changed at the borough’s prestigious arts centre, where tribute acts still dominate its sparse programme, while the venue operators are staying schtum about how they’re spending public money. By our arts correspondent, … Continue reading

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Ruskin House Folk and Blues Festival, Coombe Road, Aug 7

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The show must go on: theatre groups prepare for reopening

SANJANA IDNANI reports on how local theatrical venues and amdram groups have been dealing with the covid lockdown as they prepare to put on their summer shows Theatre companies and performers across the borough have faced their fair share of … Continue reading

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St Paul’s chorister to Croydon organist: Stokes’ life in music

MARVELS OF THE MINSTER: In the early 1800s,  the then Parish Church’s organ required players of the highest musical calibre. DAVID MORGAN’s researches have uncovered the life story of another outstanding figure of that age When John Avery built one … Continue reading

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Late covid guidance change causes chaos to choir rehearsals

Late changes to government covid-19 restrictions saw the last-minute cancellation of a major choir’s first in-person rehearsal for 14 months. Now there are genuine fears for the  future of amateur music-making and choral singing, reports PETER GILLMAN After more than … Continue reading

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