Felix Mendelssohn


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 »



Molten gold in the minster: review of ‘A Celebration of Victorian Church Music’

Posted on April 10th, by Rosie Edser in Culture. 1 Comment

Rosie Edser experiences both an hour of gloriousness and an education

My Soul Doth Magnify The Lord: A Celebration of Victorian Church Music at Croydon Minster, Saturday March 29th

Some of the six Archbishops of Canterbury who are buried in Croydon Minster may have twitched uncomfortably in their graves at the thought of sacred worship music being performed to an applauding audience, but it … Read More »