Croydon has been the home of new music from almost every genre including punk, folk, choral, reggae, Indian classical, rock, grime and more. The exhibition includes photography, oral histories and objects from iconic artists spanning the eras – from the eminent Samuel Coleridge Taylor to Captain Sensible of The Damned, from dubstep idols Skream and Benga to international reggae star Desmond Dekker, and from Croydon’s much-loved singer the late Kirsty MacColl to ground-breaking rap and hip-hop artist Nadia Rose and many more!
To run alongside the exhibition, a varied series of events will take place at the Museum of Croydon and across the borough, including creative commissions, concerts and music events.
10 February – London Mozart Players 75th Anniversary Concert: A special all-Mozart concert at Fairfield Halls in celebration of the London Mozart Players’ 75th anniversary.
12 February – Music NextGen Croydon: A music industry career day at Fairfield Halls, led by independent record and management label, Finesse Foreva and the Music Managers Forum.
24 February – Mad Professor and the Ariwa Posse: A live dub set by Guyanese-British producer Mad Professor supported by his backing band, The Robotics, at Fairfield Halls, featuring established and emerging reggae artists.
23 March – Croydon Young Composers Event: An event led by award-winning musician Shri Sriram, bringing together young musicians who have created unique compositions inspired by their diverse influences.