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'Meets monthly throughout the year, with most meetings taking place on Saturdays. These meetings include visits to organs locally and further afield; social events like the Annual Dinner and Christmas Supper Party; and "educational" meetings to assist members in developing their expertise. Additional meetings are sometimes arranged on weekday evenings ... Several successful day-tours have been organised ...'

 

* Bromley & Croydon Organists' Association
VISITS (to the Website)146
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)291

Sections include: Choirs and Singing; Woodwind Brass; Strings; Pianoforte. Held Early March.

 

* Coulsdon & Purley Festival
VISITS (to the Website)77
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)358

‘A service that works to ensure children and young people in the Borough have access to creative opportunities. We work as part of a network of local partners that include the majority of Croydon state schools, a range of cultural organisations and alternative education services.‘ The Service is the Lead Organisation for the Croydon Music Education Hub.

 

* Croydon Music & Arts
VISITS (to the Website)297
Also indexedCroydon Music Education Hub
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)193

‘Open to all to perform in Western Music, South Asian Music, Dance, South Asian Dance and Speech and Drama. It is one of the largest performing arts festivals in the country attracting over 1000 performers each year.’ Most Music Sections held Late April - Early May.

 

* Croydon Performing Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)459

'Nowadays, we take for granted easy access to recorded music, through internet streaming, a myriad of radio stations and on portable music players ... However, the pleasures of listening to music in the company of other like-minded individuals, and connected with an informative talk, still remain relevant, and this is the core mission of the Croydon Recorded Music Society. The programmes are given by our own members, by members of other music societies and by professional visiting speakers.'

 

* Croydon Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)312

Emerald Music School provide award winning choirs, theory and a band for musicians aged 6-18 in Purley, Beckenham and Carshalton ... The students come from a wide area and over 30 schools are represented in the current membership. Countless friendships have been nurtured through Emerald and many continue through the Osiris Ensemble and into adulthood.’

 

* Emerald Music School
VISITS (to the Website)92
Also indexedOsiris Ensemble
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)150

'A major biennial competition for string, woodwind and brass players aged 13-17, with many prizes, including the opportunity to win a fully-funded boarding education at Whitgift School, UK.' [2019]

 

* Whitgift International Music Competition
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)264

‘Our music covers a very wide range, from Abba to Bach, and includes films and shows, light opera, traditional folk tunes, and arrangements of the classics or pop compilations. For players this provides variety and interest – while to those who book the band we can offer a choice of programme to suit any occasion. ASCB gives performances throughout the year at both indoor and outdoor events, in a variety of venues from bandstands to shopping centres, and including local churches, community halls and schools. We help several charities with fundraising.’

 

+ All Saints' Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)127
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)320
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the older established choirs in South London/Surrey ... Members' ages range from 30 to 80, we are OPEN for new members to join us in all voice-parts ... We have a membership of about 30 at present ... Although many members sight-read to some degree, several are just learning, so come and have a go and we will support and help. There are even some Summer workshops to assist in smaller groups.’

 

+ Chandos Choir
VISITS (to the Website)113
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)171
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established in 1960 and with a current membership of approximately sixty, the Croydon Bach Choir is one of the leading choral societies in the South East. Each season we perform a number of concerts in Croydon, including works by Bach but also a diverse range of other choral repertoire, generally engaging professional soloists and orchestras ...'

 

+ Croydon Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)135
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)373
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The home of Musicals & Drama for Croydon, CODA (Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association) stages a variety of exciting musical and drama productions at the Ashcroft Theatre and various other venues in and around Croydon & Sutton each year ... Active in the borough since 1943, CODA believes the arts play an essential role in our everyday lives, our cultural identity and our economy. Performance art inspires, challenges and educates us.  CODA works to promote the wider positive impact art has on society and support more organisations to benefit individuals and communities through their work. CODA and its members also promote the philosophy that the fine arts provide non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity.’

 

+ Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association
VISITS (to the Website)40
Also indexedCODA
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)91
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Croydon’s finest amateur orchestra ... The Society was founded in 1920 by Dr.W.H.Reed, from the String Players Club that had been formed in 1905 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ... The members of the CSO come from all walks of life and are very welcoming to new players ... Anyone thinking of joining can come along to one or two rehearsals before committing any money, so there is no need to be shy!! String players are always welcome and wind and brass vacancies occur from time to time ... Our annual open rehearsals are especially designed for potential new members to come and “try us out”.’

 

+ Croydon Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)76
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)150
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a choir of about 40 voices ... We have an interesting and wide ranging repertoire, for example music by Handel, Bach, Mozart, John Rutter, Britten and Karl Jenkins. Classical pieces include choruses from Opera, Oratorios and Cantatas. We also perform lighter songs both in concert and for charity ... We are an all age choir (anyone aged 16 years or more is welcome) with choral members from a wide range of backgrounds ... There are no auditions; we just ask that you can sing in tune. Reading music is an advantage but not a necessity, as learning audio files are available for each voice part.‘

 

+ Jubilate Choir [Croydon]
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)220
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 2008: ‘The Group is in essence a Symphonic Concert Band based in Croydon with an aim to give players an opportunity to play wind band music to a high level ... The repertoire is varied ranging from wind band classics and marches to classical, popular and modern compositions and arrangements and we aim to add new music to our library on a regular basis ... The Ensemble, as with most bands, does a few engagements a year to raise funds to buy new music and equipment such as percussion kit and banners’.

 

+ Norwood Wind Ensemble
VISITS (to the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Two Teams of Handbell Ringers are based at All Saints' Church, Sanderstead, Surrey: The SAS Ringers; Sanderstead 2 O'Clock Bells. Both teams of bell ringers use four octaves of American Handbells and a 2 octave set of hand chimes ... and give performances locally at a variety of venues.’

 

+ Sanderstead Handbell Ringers
VISITS (to the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)405
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Shirley Singers (formerly known as Springpark Choral Society) is a lively, friendly and welcoming choir. We sing music from the shows, light classical music and both traditional and modern carols at Christmas. There are no auditions ... We give two concerts a year ... Around the time of each concert we visit local care homes and entertain the residents with a shorter version of the concert. We may also take part in other local events.‘

 

+ Shirley Singers of Croydon
VISITS (to the Website)56
Also indexedSpringpark Choral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121

‘We are an amateur orchestra based in Croydon ... The orchestra takes pride in offering a friendly welcome to all musicians of a suitable standard.  Competent sight reading skills are needed. No audition is required, but players are welcome to come along to a few rehearsals on a trial basis before they commit to being members ... The orchestra performs regularly in public several times a year.‘

 

+ South London Sinfonia
VISITS (to the Website)68
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)253
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a women's chorus, based in Coulsdon in Surrey, specialising in a cappella, close harmony singing. We sing for pleasure, to entertain & to compete as a chorus of Sweet Adelines International.’

 

+ Surrey Harmony
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)191

‘Seeks to provide: * Opera to a high professional standard in Surrey, Sussex and Kent - at affordable prices; * Opportunities for young singers, directors and designers in the early stages of their careers; * The chance for young people to explore opera through workshops, collaboration and reduced ticket prices ... We stage two productions a year at a variety of venues ... We are always looking for experienced and enthusiastic chorus singers ... A short and simple audition is required. Chorus rehearsals, which are held in the Croydon area, take place on Monday evenings and also on Thursdays closer to productions.’

 

+ Surrey Opera
VISITS (to the Website)12
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)22

Croydon Minster has over 90 singers involved in four choirs. The Choir of Men & Boys, the Girls' Choir, the Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks sing five choral services each week, give regular concerts throughout the year, and have toured, broadcast and recorded. The church boasts a fine 4-manual organ by the celebrated 19th century organ-builder William Hill, and has a distinguished track record of sending young organists to Oxbridge and music colleges.‘

 

@ Croydon Minster
VISITS (to the Website)68
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)118

‘Fairfield Halls is south London’s largest arts centre. Following a multi-million-pound redevelopment Fairfield Halls will be at the heart of Croydon’s new cultural and education quarter. The venue houses a playhouse, concert hall, studio spaces, rehearsal rooms, restaurants, bars and business lounge. Offering a wide range of performances and facilities including classical performances, concerts, comedy, drama, community shows, conferences, weddings and events.’

 

@ Fairfield Halls
VISITS (to the Website)7
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)21
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

‘As well as hosting concerts by external groups, St John’s runs an organ recital series and is the venue for many of the concerts of its partners, the London Mozart Players and the Central Band of the Royal British Legion. We also run a series of coffee concerts on the first Saturday of every month.’

 

@ St John the Evangelist Upper Norwood
VISITS (to the Website)153
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)220
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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