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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.

Cash Awards and Prizes for noteworthy performances may also be awarded for both our advanced classes -- Concerto Class and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Class  - 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. 
Selected performers from all sections will be invited to perform in our Gala Concert to be held in Fairfield Halls on May 28th. Additionally, for those entering our Coleridge-Taylor class, further opportunities exist for performance within the events scheduled for Croydon’s hosting of the London Borough of Culture from April 2023 to March 2024
The winner of the Concerto Finals will, as in previous years,
be invited to perform with our partners, the London Mozart Players.
The winner of the 2022 Concerto Prize – Christopher Vettraino – will be
performing with the LMP on January 21st 2023
Our enthusiastic section of Speech & Drama retains its competitive structure from previous years, with top-quality feedback from expert adjudicators, and prizes.
Sadly, the Western Dance section is currently not happening as we lack suitable and adequate volunteer support for that section. However, we are still offering a comprehensive syllabus for our South Asian dancers, and this will return to Royal Russell in 2023.
​We are extremely fortunate that Royal Russell School, with its amazing facilities, has again, generously agreed to host most of the 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 2023 festival. See the "Events" page for dates. The Music, South Asian Dance and Speech & Drama syllabus will be available mid-September 2022

Contact us

(including safeguarding)
Richard Deering

Festival Co-ordinator
(including stewards)

Speech & Drama
Jenna Manji
South Asian Dance
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)

Flynn Le Brocq (Executive Director of the London Mozart Players)

Chris Hutchinson (Head Master of Royal Russell School)

Hannah-Ruth Moore (Dancer)

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