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. This year the choir welcomes composer, arranger and conductor, Richard Miller, as its new Musical Director.

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 24 September where you will receive a warm welcome. Please go to our music clips page to hear excerpts of our performances.

Last season’s highlight was our March concert, where ‘Music for Royal Occasions’ explored compositions from Byrd, Tomkins, Purcell, Handel, Brahms and Vaughan Williams. In December we featured music by contemporary composers, Will Todd, Alexander Campkin and John Rutter, while our summer concert gave our accompanist, Benjamin Newlove, an opportunity to play something different in ‘Songs & Sonnets’, composed by the British jazz pianist, George Shearing.

So, if you would like to be part of our audience, make a note of our concert dates and join us on December 7th for our first concert of the new season.


rehearsal


Simon LloydRichard Miller - Musical Director

Our new Musical Director, Richard Miller, graduated in 2018, with Distinction, from his Masters’ degree at the Royal College of Music.

He is Director of Music at St Michael’s Church, Camden Town. and Music Director of the King of Herts Chorus in Harpenden.
Last year, Richard’s orchestration of ‘Ein Ständchen’ by Albert, Prince Consort was premiered at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH the Prince of Wales, performed by soprano Louise Alder and the renowned conductor John Wilson.


Mark Martinez Benjamin Newlove - Accompanist

Benjamin Newlove is currently a 2nd year scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music, whilst holding the posts of Assistant Director of Music at St. Michael’s Church, Cornhill and Organ Scholar at St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge. Previous posts include organ scholarships at St. Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and the junior organ scholarship at Manchester Cathedral.

Originally from Warrington, Benjamin began studying the organ with Michael Wynne, moving to Chetham’s School of Music in 2014, where he spent his sixth form years. Here, Benjamin studied the organ with Christopher Stokes [Organist and Master of the Choristers at Manchester Cathedral], piano with Masa Tayama and Jonathan Middleton and harpsichord with Charlotte Turner. Benjamin currently receives organ tuition from Anne Marsden Thomas. Recently Benjamin has taken part in masterclasses from Simon Johnson, Bine Bryndorf and Martin Schmeding as well as the New Paths, Greenwich Early Music and London Contemporary Music festivals acting as both a recitalist and accompanist. Benjamin is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and an Associate of Trinity College London [piano performance]. Benjamin has Grade 8 on organ, piano, theory and trumpet, in which for the organ, he won the ABRSM Silver Award.