Choir raises £1140 for local charities

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!

 

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.

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Choir sings at Rochester Cathedral

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. 


 

Choir heads for Ypres

MAY 3: The choir is preparing for its visit to Ypres, Belgium, which promises to be a memorable event.  The choir will sing at the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate on Friday evening, May 27.   On Saturday May 28 it will be performing a full repertoire at St George's Church, Ypres, which was built after the war to commemorate the fallen. More than one hundred choir members and supporters are already booked to make the trip.  

Menin Gate, Ypres

The Ypres appearance follows a highly successful concert at Shirley Methodist Church on April 9, which helped to raise more than £1000 for the Hall Grange care-home charity.


 

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.

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Choir pays WW1 tribute in Ypres

JUNE 1: The Croydon choir has paid its tribute to the fallen of World War One during an affecting and fulfilling visit to Ypres in Belgium, the location of some of the bloodiest fighting of the entire war.

The choir sings during wreath-laying ceremony at Menin Gate (photo JWT)

On Friday May 27, the choir took part in the regular Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, built in 1927 to commemorate the 55,000 Allied soldiers who went missing in successive battles at Ypres.  While wreaths were laid, the choir sang the moving valedictory Mansions of the Lord, followed by the equally poignant last verse of Keep the Home Fires Burning. Around 600 people witnessed the ceremony and a number told choir members afterwards how moved they were by our singing.

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Choir serenades new mayor

MAY 27: CMVC performed at the inauguration ceremony for Croydon’s new mayor, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, at Fairfields Halls on Thursday May 26.   The choir sang in the concert-hall foyer as the mayor made his entrance and then formally greeted his guests in the reception area at the top of the stairs.

Mayor Wayne and partner Michael with the choir at the mayor's inauguration dinner

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