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Southern England's most exciting male voice choir!
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Choir blows away mayor
MARCH 19: Croydon's mayor, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, came to our rehearsal on Thursday, March 16 to receive a cheque from chair Kim Ormond for British Home, one of the mayor's favourite charities. As our photograph shows, the mayor was deeply impressed by how much we had collected for the charity - £380 - at our Whitgift Christmas appearances.
Mayor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor blown away by size of cheque
DECEMBER 20: In its two Christmas appearances at the Whitgift centre, the choir raised a total of £1140 for three deserving local charities. The three are Croydon Vision, which assists the visually handicapped in Croydon; British Home, a care home in Norwood for adults with severe disabilities and complex medical conditions; and Croydon Council’s ‘Just Giving’ fund for victims and families of the tragic Sandilands tram crash. Each charity will receive £380.
The Whitgift centre performances have been a regular and popular feature of Croydon’s Christmas. With the centre scheduled for major redevelopment, the choir will be looking for a new venue for Christmas 2017. Watch this space!
Beckenham delights with South American bonus
OCTOBER 23: The Croydon choir staged a delightful concert to a new – and highly appreciative – audience at the church of St Barnabas, Beckenham, on Saturday. The church had a lovely acoustic and the choir felt lifted by the warm audience response.
Octavio and Andrea - the sounds of South America
In addition, both choir and audience were treated to two stunning spots by choir tenor Octavio Lopez Garcia and his wife Andrea Leon Cruz, who performed a range of South American folk songs and ballads – adding to the impact in the second half by wearing the traditional dress of Ecuador, their home country.
MARCH 10 2017: We are very sorry to report the death of Ben Kennedy, our hard-working and popular treasurer and second tenor. The photograph below, which shows Ben handing over a cheque for £380 to Rita Sandland on behalf of Croydon Vision, was taken just two months ago at the choir's rehearsal rooms. The choir extends its deepest sympathy to Ben's wife Sue and to the rest of his family. A tribute to Ben appears in our Obituary section.
Ben Kennedy at Sandilands on January 5 (photo Trevor Watkins)
Whitgift sing for local charities
DECEMBER 4: The Croydon choir was in fine voice at the Whitgift Centre this afternoon, making the first two charity fund-raising appearances during the run-up to Christmas.
Many shoppers paused to listen to the choir as it sang a selection of carols and other pieces from its current repertoire. There was strong applause for You Raise Me Up, the Hallelujah Chorus, the choir's Christmas medley and long-time favourite White Christmas.
SEPTEMBER 30. The choir sang to an appreciative audience at Rochester Cathedral last Saturday. The cathedral was crowded with visitors many of whom stopped to listen as the choir presented a diverse selection from its cathedral repertoire, ranging from American spirituals to the classic Welsh hymns. One American visitor told the choir she was most impressed that she could hear singing of such quality - and without having to pay for it either!
The Rochester appearance is the latest step in the choir's target of singing in one new cathedral every year. Meanwhile the choir is now preparing for its next concert, at St Barnabas in Beckenham on October 22.