2018–2019   37th Season

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Saturday 1 June 2019
St. George's Church, High Street, Beckenham, 7.45pm


The South London Singers


The Hammig String Quartet
Niki Zhodi,
Alasdair Friend, organ and piano


Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Mystical Songs
Geoffrey Lawrence Salt Water Songs
Joseph Haydn Te Deum
Edward Elgar Spanish Serenade and other songs

About this Concert

By Richard Cracknell

“Quire with Quartet” Saturday 1st June

The South London Singers invite you to join us on the first evening of summer for what should be (regardless of the, as yet, unknown weather) a tuneful and appropriate final concert of our 2018-9 season. There will be a variety of items in our ‘Summer Songs with Strings’ programme, some familiar and some, we hope, less so, covering a range of enjoyable music from several eras and composers.

We are looking forward this time to singing under the baton of our guest conductor Marcus Wibberley (pictured here), Director of Music at St Georges, and to having choral scholar Niki Zhodi as our baritone soloist and Alasdair Friend as our accompanist.

We will also be joined for a fifth time by the Hammig String Quartet (see below), well known for performances in the local area and much more widely in the UK and beyond, who will accompany us in three of the works. These will be Vaughan Williams’ stirring and beautiful piece: Five Mystical Songs (more usually heard with organ accompaniment); three attractive songs by Edward Elgar and Salt Water Songs, colourful settings of much-loved seafaring poetry (including Masefield’s ‘Cargoes’) by local composer and former choir member Geoff Lawrence. The quartet and choir will also perform separate contributions including Haydn’s ‘Te Deum’ and two settings of nursery rhymes in the style of Handel with keyboard accompaniment. 

We invite our audience to join us at the end of the concert for light refreshments to round off a relaxing evening of musical pleasure.

The concert will take place at 7.45pm in St Georges Church Beckenham and tickets (£11) may be obtained from the church office, choir members, by telephoning 020 8656 2815 or at the door.

Download the poster for this concert here.

The Hammig String Quartet, one of the finest chamber-music ensembles in the country, will be taking part in the next South Lindon Singers concert at St George's Church, Beckenham, on Saturday 1 June.


The Hammig String Quartet was formed in 1989, taking its name from the violin-maker Wilhelm Hammig (1838-1925). Over the years the quartet has given many recitals across England and Wales and has made several visits to Leichlingen, Germany. They are frequent performers at St George’s, Beckenham in both the Friday lunchtime and Saturday morning Coffee Concert series, and for other special events and services.

Recital venues have included Concord College, Shropshire; the Usher Art Gallery, Lincoln; the Atheaneum, Bury St Edmunds; St Anne and St Agnes, Gresham Street; St Alfege, Greenwich; St Mary’s, Balhaml; St Katherine’s, Knockholt; and the River and Rowing Museum, Henley on Thames. They played at Penn House, Amersham for the National Society for Epilepsy, and performed as part of the 'Rochester 1400' celebrations. Since 2005 they have participated in annual fundraising Celebrity Christmas Carol Concerts for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at Odiham, and for some years gave fundraising recitals for the Beckenham and Borders branch of the National Childbirth Trust. They have played at St Martin in the Fields with the Bromley Boy Singers in their New Year’s concert, and in several concerts for the South London Singers and Wareham Choral Society.

In February 2010 the Hammig Quartet was invited to join Keziah Thomas for a joint quartet and harp concert in aid of the Romanian Aid Foundation. In May 2011 they played Shostakovich’s 8th quartet in a lecture recital given by Anna Davis at the St George’s Arts Festival. More recently the quartet has given recitals at the Colour House Theatre at Merton Abbey Mills; St Mary’s, Bromley; St Nicholas, Brighton; St Leonard’s, Seaford; St Matthews, Westminster; and Purley United Reformed Church. In February 2014 they played at the Mansion House for the Gardeners Livery Company Banquet, in the presence of Prince Edward, and again in 2015. They were honoured to be the inaugural artists in residence at St John’s, Catford, for the season 2017-18.

Following the death in 2013 of their friend and colleague of more than twenty years, Paul Collen, they explored the string trio repertoire for a few years as well as performing piano quartets with Clare Wibberley, and oboe and cor anglais quartets with Caroline Marwood. In September 2017 they were delighted to welcome Sarah Colley as their new permanent first violinist. 

For more information and news about the Hammig Quartet, please visit the following links: