London’s hall crisis just got a whole lot worse

London’s hall crisis just got a whole lot worse


norman lebrecht

February 19, 2020

Overnight we learn that Neil Chandler, managing and artistic director, has left Fairfield Hall in Croydon after disastrous box-office results.

Chandler, a former cruise ship entertainments manager, left the premises and will not be allowed back in. He has another job lined up, starting in April. No replacement has been identified.

A week ago London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan named Croydon ‘Borough of Culture’ in 2023.

He’ll have to look very hard to find some.

Good local reporting here.



  • yujafan says:

    I will do the job for a modest sum – innovative yet serious programming guaranteed!

  • Robert Roy says:

    I can’t hear ‘Fairfield Halls, Croydon’ without thinking of André Previns Music Night, my introduction to classical music.

  • Ntsaldaraki says:

    I can confirm from personal experience that they don’t know how to do business when it comes to hiring premises. I didn’t get a sense that they were organised or had a sense of direction when it came to scheduling concerts either but that’s another story… Disappointing but not entirely surprising.