Croydon Young Musicians Showcase

Classical Community Concert
Croydon Young Musicians Showcase

Friday 27th September, 2019


Phoenix Concert Hall


50 years after their first concert at Fairfield Halls, join the Croydon Young Musicians in a celebration of Croydon’s musical heritage.

All 400 young musicians, from the Croydon Music and Arts innovative beginner Star Classes through to their advanced bands and orchestras, perform together for the opening and closing pieces.  African Love Song Blues is based on a piece written in 1898 by Croydon composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor which combined both parts of his dual heritage, African melody with European harmony.  Gillian of Croydon is an old English tune from the seventeenth century.  It is also a poem published in 1719 which has been re-imagined for modern Croydon by the award winning Rap Club.

The heart of the concert is the culmination of a London Music Fund supported project involving young musicians working alongside professional groups.  They perform a new commission, Take Time, by Jeff Moore with Fairfield’s resident orchestra, the London Mozart Players.  They are also joined by the Grand Union Orchestra for Uncharted Voyage with music from China, India, Africa and the Caribbean, a celebration of Croydon’s diversity.

Collaborations also involve the Youth Music funded inclusive groups with partners Kinetika Bloco and Club Soda, and the music technology group leading Awesome World, a piece they have created to celebrate their heritages.


Friday - 27th September 7:00 PM £10.00 Book Now

Venue Info

Phoenix Concert Hall

Designed as a scaled down version of the Royal Festival Hall, (both venues shared the same acoustic consultant, Hope Bagenal), our Concert Hall is recognised internationally for its fantastic and bright acoustics and has “…some of the finest acoustics in Europe” as stated by renowned conductor Leopold Stokowski.

The Phoenix Concert Hall will once again play host to the London Mozart players as resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.



Phoenix Pianos

Phoenix Pianos - Fairfield Halls

Phoenix Pianos are a British company that pride themselves on leading the piano manufacture industry with new, high-end piano technologies.

Founder and Chairman, Richard Dain, is a man of impressive engineering pedigree and tireless vision, who in the early 2000s began to combine his passion for pianos and music with his wide-ranging engineering skills.

A series of ground-breaking innovations have led to the most technologically advanced pianos in the world.

The Phoenix mission is twofold:

  1. To once again offer inspiration to artists in new levels of acoustic performance, after a century of near complete stagnation within the piano industry.
  2. To make highly practical improvements to piano design, such as climate resistance, longevity of parts, reliability of performance, and touch response.

Phoenix instruments benefit from:

  • Carbon fibre and Kevlar soundboard designs
  •  A new highly responsive action comprising 3D printed and carbon fibre parts
  • Patented bridge technology to improve the power and efficiency of acoustic transfer, giving artists access to a wider dynamic range

The installation of a fleet of Phoenix instruments in the Fairfield Halls, and their sponsoring of the Phoenix Academy, represent a very special moment for both piano design and manufacture, and for this premier venue.