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Celebrating the choral tradition since 1960

History of the Choir

History of the Choir

Croydon Parish Church, now called Croydon Minster

The Croydon Bach Society, as it was originally called, was formed in March 1960 by Derek Holman, organist at Croydon Parish Church for a performance of Bach's St John Passion , with Roger Norrington as the young Evangelist.

The choir continued under the batons of Roy Massey, Michael Fleming, Adrian Adams and then Peter Nardone.

Tim Horton, previously the choir's accompanist, led the choir from 2001 until 2019 and returned in 2021 after a few months' break. Simon Wallfisch stepped in during Tim's absence, until the Covid-19 pandemic halted gatherings and public performances in March 2020. John Hancorn then led us into the new territory of online rehearsals for our 2020-2021 season.

The choir has provided a vehicle for music-making for over sixty years now, through the enthusiasm and dedication of its many singers, the hard work and commitment of its voluntary office-holders and the quality of musicianship of its successive music directors and accompanists..