Did Mendelssohn play the organ at Croydon Minster?

Posted on February 16th, by David Morgan in History. 4 comments

Did the famous composer really play in Croydon? Let’s try to solve a musical mystery

The Croydon Times in January 1867 was clear. Croydon’s historic parish church (nowadays Croydon Minster) had just been devastated by fire, and its celebrated organ, built by John Avery, totally destroyed. “Maestro Mendelssohn played upon it and pronounced it a most excellent instrument”, the paper sorrowfully declared. We do not know the exact evidence upon … Read More »



Musical notes from Croydon Minster

Posted on February 16th, by David Morgan in Culture. 2 comments

The history of organ and choral music in Croydon’s parish church

A visitor to Croydon Minster once said to me that she liked to attend a morning service there every so often, because when the organist plays at the close of the service it is so good, it is just like going to a concert.

Such glorious organ music has long been a feature of many … Read More »



Telling the many tales of Croydon minster

Posted on September 20th, by David Morgan in Culture. No Comments

David Morgan, author of Minster Tales, explains how the human stories of Croydon’s historic minster church were what touched him most deeply

After retiring from my role as headteacher of the Minster Junior School in Waddon (formerly Parish Church School), I was asked by the minster’s former vicar, Colin Boswell, to lead tours of the building. I jumped at the opportunity.

Croydon Minster is one of the iconic … Read More »