About Us

The Croydon Performing Arts Festival, which was formed in 1913, was, in 1925, one of the Founding Festivals of the British & International Federation of Festivals, our parent body.

We are proud to offer a new format of classes, which blend competitive and non-competitive, but all throwing valuable emphasis upon the important life skill of actual performance.

In the music section, we have world-class adjudicators coming to offer expert feedback to performers in both workshop-based classes and recital classes.


In the workshop classes, performers have the opportunity to work with the adjudicator individually, which is a fantastic and unique opportunity for them; and at the same time the the audience, other participants and teachers should also find this extremely useful. All performers receive written feedback and certificates. We have used this format since 2018 and it has met with immeasurable success and acclaim from performers, teachers, adjudicators and audience alike.


Cash Awards and Prizes for noteworthy performances may also be awarded for both our advanced classes -- Concerto Class, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Class and Anniversary Classes -- as well as the recital classes, which give performers adequate performing time to show their skills from elementary levels to diploma levels in a competitive form.

We offer classes across a wide range of instruments, vocal and choral, for Western music. In addition, our South Asian music classes are structured in the same workshop and recital format for performers of all standards.

Our enthusiastic section of Speech & Drama retains its competitive structure from previous years, with top-quality feedback from expert adjudicators, and prizes.

Our large and popular Dance section, including South Asian Dance, takes place in the refurbished Ashcroft Playhouse within the Fairfield Halls complex. It acts as a qualifing heat for the All-England Dance competition, in the relevant years.

We are extremely fortunate that Royal Russell School, with its amazing facilities, has again, generously agreed to host the majority of the Music and Speech & Drama sections of the festival. Thanks are due to the Head of Royal Russell and his staff for their tireless support of our work.

We look forward to launching our 2022 festival. See the "Events" page for dates. The Music and Speech & Drama syllabus will be available mid-September 2021; the Dance syllabus will be published at the end of February 2022.

Contact us

(including safeguarding)
Richard Deering

Festival Co-ordinator
(including stewards)


Speech & Drama
Jenna Manji
Liam Swattridge, Pushpa Nagarajan

Trixie Muirhead


The Mayor of Croydon



Helen Watkins Snart MBE (Former Festival Chair)

Geoffrey Lawrence Hon. ARAM (Former Festival Vice-Chair)

Chloë Hanslip (International Violinist)

Martin Jarvis (Stage and Screen Actor, previously of Whitgift School)

Viram Jasani (Asian Music Circuit)  

Councillor Toni Letts


Richard Deering (International Pianist and Adjudicator)

Julia Desbruslais (Executive Director of the London Mozart Players)

Chris Hutchinson (Head Master of Royal Russell School)

Hannah-Ruth Moore (Dancer)

Ben Norbury (Business Development Manager of Trinity College, London)

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