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Choir home from scintillating tour

18 JULY: We are just back from an outstandingly successful choir tour to Suffolk, where we sang three times in a range of delightful settings, had a wonderful audience response, and made lots of new friends.

The choir at Woodbridge - our third Suffolk venue

We began the tour on Friday July 14 with a 45-minute sing to a sizeable lunchtime audience at the cathedral of Bury St Edmunds.  That evening we performed at the spectacular Holy Trinity Church at Long Melford, one of the great fifteenth-century Suffolk wool churches.

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Springtime in Greenwich

APRIL 10: The choir enjoyed a great day out and made lots of new friends when it sang in Greenwich on Saturday, April 8.  We performed fifteen pieces from our current repertoire to a packed audience at the newly-restored Old Royal Naval Chapel – designed by Sir Christopher Wren, with a fabulous acoustic.   ­


The choir at sunny Greenwich

Particularly affecting, given that the chapel was built for returning injured seamen, was our First World War Medley, with its haunting final refrain reflecting on the boys who did not come home.


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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


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Songs for a summer evening

JUNE 11: The Croydon choir staged a successful and enjoyable summer concert at Whitgift School yesterday, delighting a 200-plus audience with a selection of pieces, some familiar, some new, from its current repertoire.

The choir lines up before the summer concert

The two new pieces were Scarborough Fair and The Sound of Silence, which the choir has been rehearsing since Christmas.  Among the familiar pieces which proved especially popular were Bring Him Home and American Trilogy.

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New choir CD on the way!

APRIL 4: The Croydon choir has started recording its next CD. On Saturday, April 1,  a full choir contingent spent the afternoon in our regular recording studio – otherwise known as St Mark’s church in Purley – laying down nine tracks for our new CD, which will go on sale next year.


Richard Hoyle conducts baritones and basses

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Ben Kennedy

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)


 
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