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.


There was also rapturous applause for mezzo-soprano Chloë Treharne, who provided the concert’s solo spot with songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Kurt Weill and George Gershwin among others.  Her Summertime brought vociferous calls for an encore.


Choir music director Richard Hoyle commented: “We gave our audience an entertaining evening.  The last couple of pages of Hava Nagila certainly had a feeling of abandon. Very exciting – the best performance to date.”

The summer concert is the occasion when the choir traditionally welcomes its patrons, who do so much to support its activities.  The choir’s final performances of the current season will be on its Suffolk Tour on July 14-15.  Full details will appear on the website soon.