The Minster provides young singers with a unique musical education and gives adults of all abilities the opportunity to sing the finest works of the sacred choral repertoire. In recent years, the choirs have performed with the London Mozart Players and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, and strong links exist between the music department and the Parish Church Schools and the schools of the Whitgift Foundation. Croydon Minster is an associate member of the Choir Schools' Association.
Croydon Minster has flourishing choirs of boy and girl choristers. The choirs rehearse and perform separately, coming together for special services and concerts throughout the year.
Click here for more information about the Minster Boys' Choir.
Click here for more information about the Minster Girls' Choir.
Boys continue in the choir until their voices change and girls remain in the girls' choir up to the age of 16. Boys with broken or changed voices and girls over the age of 16 are referred to as Choral Scholars and make up the Schola Cantorum. This group sings occasional services by itself and the Choral Scholars sing regularly with the Lay Clerks on Sundays. Choral Scholarships are designed to help prepare young singers for Oxbridge entrance.
Croydon Minster is almost unique in this country for having both male and female Lay Clerks. Each Sunday, the men sing counter-tenor, tenor and bass with either the boy or girl choristers, and the women (singing soprano or contralto) sing with the Girls' Choir. All Lay Clerks are volunteer and from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. The emphasis is on professionalism, and a high standard of reading and performing ability is required.
Whitgift - Minster Choral Society
The Whitgift-Minster Choral Society is a massed choir made up of singers from both the Whitgift School and Croydon Minster communities, working towards high-quality performances of big choral works with orchestra. It is great fun and we always welcome new members. No audition is necessary, although some choral experience is desirable.
The Choral Society is directed by Ronny Krippner (Organist & Director of Choral Music) and rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 until 8:30pm in the Concert Hall of Whitgift School, South Croydon. This is very much a project-driven choir and the beginning of the new rehearsal season will be announced here soon.
Joining the Minster Choirs
The choirs of Croydon Minster are open to singers of all religious backgrounds. Each choir has its own audition process and the Organist and Master of the Choristers is always pleased to talk to prospective members. Please contact him at the Minster office on 020 8688 8104.