Croydon Symphonic Band is self-funding and amateur

From time to time the Band takes part in the National Concert Band Festival and since 1994 has been invited to perform eight times at the National Festival, which is by invitation only, the most recent invitation being in December 2014 when the Band gained its first Platinum award at a Regional Festival. At National level the Band has achieved 5 Gold Awards, the most recent at the National Festival held at the Royal Acadamy of Music in London in April 2012. This has also enabled the CSB to perform at prestigious concert venues including the Dukes Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, the Adrian Boult Hall at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the concert hall at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

CSB is now one of the leading community bands in the UK, which was recognised by the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles who invited the Band to perform at one of its conferences to premiere Prayer and Eastern Dance by Duncan Stubbs.

 

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Our concerts have been performed regularly at Fairfield Halls since the band was formed in September 1973, initially in the Arnhem Gallery and since 1998 in the Concert Hall.


More recently the Band has spread its wings and performed its first concert in St John’s, Smith Square in 2007 and at Croydon Minster in 2013. The Band also performs outdoors and in recent years venues have included various Royal Parks in London, Hever Castle and Eastbourne bandstand. At Whitsun, when the opportunity arises, we try to include a European visit and in recent years we have performed in Heidelberg, Germany (1994 and 1996), at the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris (2003), the Koningin Astridpark in Bruges (2004), the Fantasyland Stage at Disneyland, Paris (2005) and in Burgundy: Autun (2006 and 2010) and Chatillon-sur-Seine in 2008.


Photo (top): CSB at National Concert Band Festival, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Photo (right): CSB at Eastbourne Bandstand