Hillsingers

The Hillsingers Chamber Choir has a wide ranging repertoire from renaissance motets to jazz standards and music by living composers. Our regular rehearsal and performance venue is the St Matthew’s Church, Raynes Park, SW20 0DE. In 2019 the choir welcomed composer, arranger and conductor, Richard Miller, as its Musical Director.

Our choir is currently around 20 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 any of our Tuesday evening rehearsals, where you will receive a warm welcome. Please go to our music clips page to hear excerpts of our performances.

Most recent performances have included a concert of ‘Music for Royal Occasions’ which explored compositions from Byrd, Tomkins, Purcell, Handel, Brahms and Vaughan Williams. We have also featured music by contemporary composers, Will Todd, Alexander Campkin and John Rutter, while another concert of seasonal music included Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’, with harp accompaniment. Our final concert of the 2019 season gave our accompanist, Benjamin Newlove, an opportunity to play something different in ‘Songs & Sonnets’, composed by the British jazz pianist, George Shearing.

AFTER A LENGTHY PERIOD OF INACTIVITY, DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, WE HAVE RESUMED REHEARSALS ON TUESDAY EVENINGS 7.30 – 9.30 PM, AT ST MATTHEW’S CHURCH, DURHAM ROAD, RAYNES PARK, SW20 0DE. THIS IS CLOSE TO RAYNES PARK RAILWAY STATION AND BUS STOPS FOR THE 57 & 200 BUSES.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW SINGERS TO JOIN US FOR ALL VOICE PARTS AND IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHOIR, WHILE OUR WEBSITE IS BEING UPDATED, PLEASE CONTACT US BY EMAIL hillsingers@aol.com OR CALL OUR SECRETARY tel: 0208 644 3794.

OUR REHEARSAL VENUE IS A BIG AIRY SPACE AND OUR RISK ASSESSMENT AND SPECIFIC GUIDANCE TO PEOPLE WHO ATTEND OUR REHEARSALS IS IN LINE WITH CURRENT GOVERNMENT COVID 19 GUIDELINES.


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Simon LloydBenjamin Newlove - Musical Director

Benjamin Newlove has a busy schedule as a freelance harpsichordist, organist and conductor based in London. He holds the position of Director of Music at the Royal Church of St. Alfege, Greenwich.

Previous posts include the Royal Hospital Chelsea, St. Michael’s Church Cornhill, (appearing as an accompanist on the CD ‘Cornhill Visions’ with the Choir of St. Michael’s), St. Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, St. Stephen’s Church, Gloucester Road and St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Currently, Benjamin is studying for an MMus in harpsichord performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Prior to this Benjamin studied at King’s College London and the RAM.

At the ages of 17 and 20 respectively, Benjamin gained his Associateship and Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists, in which for the former he was a multiple prize-winner. He also holds the Associateship diploma of Trinity College London for piano performance. Originally from Warrington, Benjamin began studying the organ with Michael Wynne, moving to Chetham’s School of Music in 2014. 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 harpsichord tuition from James Johnstone and organ tuition from Stephen Farr. 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.