From 38 Degrees website
As Council Leader Tony Newman alleges that Fairfield Halls management held a gun to the Council’s head rather than the other way round, this Saturday 13 February at 2pm sees a flash performance outside Fairfield Halls as part of the campaign to save them from temporary closure. Croydon Symphony Orchestra will be performing ‘Jerusalem’ and a special song of protest ‘Fairfield, Heart of Croydon’ (sung to the melody of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’).
The organiser Andy Hylton says that ‘(a)lthough this is meant to be fun – we are showing our deep concern for both the future of Fairfield and community arts in Croydon by staging this impromptu performance. This campaign has no affiliation to any political party.’ In fact it has support from both the Conservatives and Croydon’s Socialist Party.
Hylton writes: ‘If the Council get their way, Croydon will lose it’s ONLY viable music and arts venue for an unspecified period – not only is that a loss of live events coming to the Borough, but a lost opportunity for school children to engage and perform at the venue and will impact a large number of other community projects that utilise the venue.’
Over 6,000 signatures have been achieved so far on the petition to Save Fairfield Halls. It is Hylton’s intention to hand over the petition to Croydon Council in April, and ask for a debate on the issue. It is still possible that the Council can be convinced to overturn the decision to close the Fairfield Halls and consider a phased development, with operational ownership remaining independent, with Fairfield (Croydon) Limited delivering the best for Croydon.
Hylton suggests people bring warm clothes and percussion instruments, if you can, ‘but please do not bring placards or flags.’
For Tony Newman’s accusations see
‘FAIRFIELD, HEART OF CROYDON’
Sung to Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March no. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory)
Councillors of Croydon, Hear our urgent plea,
Listen to our worries, Which we tell to thee.
Soon to close for ages? Plans on us imposed!
Fairfield is OUR venue, HOME for all our shows,
Fairfield is OUR venue, HOME for all our shows.
Built through gen’rous giving, Halls that all enjoy,
Stage for diverse talents, Locals do employ,
Young and old are welcome, This is understood,
Fairfield is OUR halls and Made for COMMON good,
Fairfield is OUR halls and Made for COMMON good.
Stewards of our future, Mark our valid views,
Care for local culture, We have much to lose.
Let us help you fashion, Plans we CAN believe,
Fairfield, HEART OF CROYDON, Halls for ALL our needs,
Fairfield, HEART OF CROYDON, Halls for ALL our needs.
Please bring the words of both songs on Saturday.
Tuesday 12 April. 1.05pm. Premiere of Croydon Composer’s Work for Two Pianos
Fred Scott, Croydon based piano teacher and former head of the Croydon Piano Centre, will have his work Toccata seconda performed by the Russian pianists Mikhail Kazakevich and Elena Zozina at a Fairfield Halls lunch-time concert. Fred composed the piece especially for them. The piece is a paraphrase on operas by Ferruccio Busoni. The programme will also include music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty arranged for the two pianos by Mikhael. Fred was taught piano by my mother and is a co-founder of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Network. He has organised many events over the years at the Halls. To book go to
Fred’s vision for the future of Fairfield Halls was set out in my discussion paper on their future at