Noyes Fludde a success at Fairfield!
Benjamin Britten wrote Noyes Fludde,
based on a medieval mystery play, in 1958.
He intended it to be performed
mainly by children and amateurs.
The piece incorporates three,
well known hymns sung
by cast and audience.
The Croydon Advertiser
gave the performance a glowing review,
praising the talent and enthusiasm
of the young people
and the organisational
skills of the producers!
It was a memorable experience
for the children,
performing such challenging music
at a grand venue like Fairfield Halls.
The director and conductor
of this and the earlier productions
was Arthur Davison CBE.
Croydon had had a strong tradition
involving thousands of young people
since 1965 and Arthur Davison
played a huge part in this.
He was Musical Director
of the Croydon Youth
and also presented
popular Saturday morning
Croydon received an award
from The National Music Council
in 1975 in recognition
of its youth work.