About Us

The Croydon Performing Arts Festival, which was formed in 1913 and 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 will have the opportunity to work with the adjudicator individually, which is a fantastic and unique opportunity, while the audience, other participants and teachers should also find this extremely useful. All performers will receive written feedback and certificates. Prizes for noteworthy performances may also be awarded. We have used this format since 2018 and it has met with immeasurable success and acclaim from performers, teachers, adjudicators and audience alike. The recital classes 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 chorall, for Western music. In addition, our South Asian music classes are structed 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

Chair

(including safeguarding)

Richard Deering

cpafchair@gmail.com

Festival Co-ordinator
(including stewards)

Bridget West

info@croydonperformingartsfestival.com

Music

Bridget West

cpafmusic@gmail.com

 

Speech & Drama

Jenna Manji

cpafspeech@gmail.com

 

Dance

Liam Swattridge, Pushpa Nagarajan

cpafdance@gmail.com

Membership

Trixie Muirhead

cpafmembers@gmail.com

President:

The Mayor of Croydon

 

Vice-Presidents:

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

Trustees:

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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