Hillsingers

We are a well established chamber choir, part of the vibrant musical life in Merton, with a wide ranging repertoire from renaissance motets to jazz standards and music by living composers. Our regular performance venue is St. Matthew’s Church, Durham Road, SW20.

Our choir is, currently, around 25 voices strong, ranging from people relatively new to choral singing to some very experienced choral singers. However, we are always pleased to see new singers and if you are interested in joining us, come to the first rehearsal, of our new season, on Tuesday September 18th, where you will receive a warm welcome. Go to our ‘Music Clips’ page to hear excerpts of our performances.

Last season’s highlight was an exhilarating performance of Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, with orchestra and some fine soloists. We also embarked on a new venture: a combined programme of art and music, which was very well received by our audience. This season, we welcome our new Musical Director, Simon Lloyd, although Simon is not completely new to the choir, having conducted its December 2015 concert and played harmonium in the performance of Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solonnelle’ in March 2016.

So, if this sounds appealing, make a note of our concert dates and join us on December 1st for our first concert of the new season.

rehearsal


Simon LloydSimon Lloyd - Musical Director

Simon was educated at Wells Cathedral School as a Specialist Musician with a DfE scholarship before going on to read Music at The University of Manchester. He held positions at Westminster Cathedral and St Etheldreda’s, Ely Place before taking up his current post as Organist & Director of Music at the Carmelite Priory, Kensington in 2012.

Simon is in demand as a continuo player, performing regularly with the City Bach Collective and Musica Poetica. Outside performing, Simon is Organist & Choral Specialist at St George’s Junior School, Weybridge. He publishes his own scholarly editions of sacred polyphony and curates a modest collection of single malt Scotch whiskies.


Mark Martinez Mark Martinez - Accompanist

Mark has accompanied the Hill Singers in its rehearsals and concerts since 2011. He started playing the organ at his local parish church in Kensal New Town at the age of 14. In 2004, he was appointed Organ Scholar at Braesnose College Oxford, playing for services while studying for a Chemistry Degree. He then won the Flentrop Scholarship in 2008, giving him invaluable experience on famous Dutch organs, while being taught by Pieter van Dijk and Jos van der Kooy..
He is currently Director of Music at St Mary’s Hampstead.