The Croydon Bach Society (as it was then called) was the brainchild of Derek Holman, organist at Croydon Parish Church. It was formed for a performance of the St John Passion in March 1960 with Roger Norrington (now Sir Roger) as the young Evangelist.
The choral society, thus established, continued under Derek Holman, before he went to Canada to pursue a musical career, and under Roy Massey, who was to spend much of his later years at Hereford Cathedral and thus became involved with choral works at the Three Choirs Festival.
Then the late Michael Fleming led the choir for many years, during which time it left Croydon Parish Church and had more contact with the Royal School of Church Music.
Michael's deputy, Adrian Adams, next took over before the baton passed to Peter Nardone, who became Organist and Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral and Artistic Director of the Three Choirs Festival. Tim Horton, previously the accompanist, led the choir from 2001 until 2019.
Simon Wallfisch was appointed Music Director from 2020 briefly, before John Hancorn took over to lead online rehearsals during our 2020-2021 season when live rehearsals and concerts were not permitted because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The choir has provided a vehicle for music-making for over sixty years now, through the enthusiasm and dedication of its many singers and voluntary office-holders and the quality of musicianship of its successive directors of music.