International violinist Chloe Hanslip returns to Croydon to inspire young players

By - Monday 3rd November, 2014

Croydon Performing Arts Festival is delighted to announce that international violinist Chloë Hanslip is returning to Croydon to share her skills and expertise with young local players. 

Chloe Hanslip.
Photo by Croydon Performing Arts Festival, used with permission.

Release begins: Chloe first performed in the festival aged six and is now a vice-president of the event. The day will inspire all players of all ages and abilities.

Chloë will be working with students in small groups of different standards: grade 2; grades 4-6; grade 7; and grade 8; as well as holding individual masterclasses with some more advanced players. Before lunch and at the end of the day she will hold Q&A sessions and give recitals herself.

CPAF Chairman Richard Deering said: “This is a real opportunity for all to learn from her through observing her work with others and having own questions answered. It is a fantastic – and possibly rare – occasion at which to hear Chloë play in a small close-up environment in Croydon.Next week she performs in Tokyo (4 and 6 November), and then heads to Phoenix, US, at the end of the month.”

Tickets for observers are priced at just £15, concessions £10 and children 14 and under free, and allow access all day. Observers are welcome to come and go. The day runs from 10am – 6.30pm, and refreshments will be available all day.

The event is the brainchild of former CPAF chairman Helen Watkins-Snart, who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2009 for revolutionising the Croydon Music Festival (as it was known then).

A singing teacher from Purley, Helen is responsible for rescuing the festival which has been running since 1912, but was in its death throes with barely 100 performers when she joined the committee in 1990. She became chairman in 1991, stepping down in 2006 to remain a committee member. During these 15 years, she increased the number of participants from a mere 100 entries to more than 2,000 with people participating from as far afield as Ireland and China.

She also expanded the scope of the festival from just classical music to incorporate rock, pop and jazz; speech and drama; western dance; and South Asian dance and music. This wider offering resulted in the festival changing its name to Croydon Performing Arts Festival in 2014.

This year the festival, held at Royal Russell School, Trinity School, the Ashcroft Theatre and the Parish Church of St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood, attracted more than 2,200 entrants. Of these more than 60 from across the country took part in the Advanced Concerto Competition, and 10 performers participated in the newly resurrected organ classes. New for 2015 are ukulele classes.

The 2015 Croydon Performing Arts Festival runs from Wednesday 8 April to Saturday 9 May. For a copy of the syllabus and entry forms please contact Sally Rosebery, Hon. Secretary, on 020 8654 6713 or visit

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Release provider: Croydon Performing Arts Festival



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