Hillsingers

The Hill Singers work with young professional soloists and perform three public concerts a year. The regular venue for the concerts is St Matthews Church, Durham Road, Raynes Park, SW20, which has one of the finest acoustics in the borough and is a much sought after concert venue.

We perform a broad range of music - from Monteverdi through Purcell, Handel and Mozart to Vaughan Williams, Britten and Gorecki. The choir has also given a number of first performances specially written for them and in 2011 commissioned young English composer, Thomas Hansell, to compose a piece based on three poems of Arthurian legend.

Notable performances, in recent years have included Brahms ‘Requiem’, with Hampstead Chamber Choir, Rossini’s ‘Petite Messe Solonnelle’ and a 21st century setting of ‘The Song of Solomon’ by Howard Skempton. Secular music is also very much part of the choir’s performing tradition with arrangements by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart featuring in past concerts.

Click on posters from previous concerts and musical excerpts to find out more about us or, better still, come to one of our concerts.

Interest in choral music has increased dramatically in the last few years and the choices available for singers and are very wide ranging. Our choir is, currently, around 30 voices strong, ranging from people relatively new to choral singing to some very experienced choral singers. There has never been a better time to join a choir, so come and see how we work. You will receive a warm welcome.

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Mark Martinez - Accompanist

Mark Martinez

Mark Martinez is currently Director of Music at St Mary's, Hampstead, and is also resident accompanist of the Hill Singers.
Originally learning the piano from a young age, he started playing the organ at his local parish, Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Kensal New Town, at the age of 14. Among his early teachers included Iestyn Evans who encouraged an application as Organ Scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford, in 2004. He was appointed there for 4 years, playing for Choral Evensongs and Eucharists, while studying for a Chemistry degree. His teachers included David Graham and Nicholas Prozzillo.

He then won the Flentrop Scholarship in 2008, giving him invaluable experiences on famous Dutch organs, including the van Hagerbeer/Schnitger organ at the Laurenskerk, Alkmaar, while being taught by Pieter van Dijk and Jos van der Kooy. He was also treated to the workings of the Flentrop organ workshop and even helped to disassemble and manufacture parts of the pedal reeds of the famous Müller organ at St Bavo, Haarlem.

Notable events include a performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto while at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, playing and accompanying the Brasenose College Choir at San Pietro in Vaticano and recording a CD with them in 2005.

Iestyn EvansIestyn Evans - Musical Director

Iestyn Evans has conducted the Hill Singers since 2006 and is Director of Music at St James's, Spanish Place, one of London's foremost Catholic churches, and of St Botolph without Bishopsgate in the city. In addition to this, Iestyn is school organist at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, one of the country’s leading state schools, and for many years conducted the school orchestra.

He read music at The Queen's College, Oxford where he was organ scholar and studied with David Titterington at the Royal Academy of Music; past appointments have included organ scholarships at Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and St Davids Cathedral, and seven years as Organist of St Etheldreda's, Ely Place.

Iestyn regularly performs as a soloist and accompanist in the UK and internationally, at venues which have included St John's Smith Square; Notre-Dame de Paris; St Patrick's, New York; Brussels Cathedral; Chartres Cathedral; Stephansdom, Vienna and St Peter’s, Rome. His discography includes three CDs by the Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School as well as recordings of works by Georg Schumann, a recording with the choir of St Etheldreda’s and a solo CD recorded at St James’s.


Next Event


At The Crib
Saturday 2 December 2017


7.30pm at St Matthew’s Church,
Durham Rd, Raynes Park, SW20


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