Find out more about the South London Singers
Who are we?
SLS is a small choir made up of a diverse group of local singers.
We aim to be about 30 singers. We’re smaller than some other local choirs but that means we can perform a different and varied repertoire.
We perform a mixture of sacred and secular music, but are not a religious choir. Our repertoire spans many centuries, from the fifteenth century right up to new pieces by local composers.
We perform around four concerts per year. This means each term we can devote plenty of rehearsal time to learning our concert pieces. So you won’t need to do a great deal of ‘homework’!
We are not required to be fluent sight-readers but are expected to be able to use our scores to sing accurately and to note down the Musical Director’s guidance.
We like to have fun at our rehearsals and many of us enjoy socialising around our rehearsals’ start and end times. We hold a few social events for choir members throughout the season.
What do you need to know?
- Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings at 7.45pm at Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Road, Beckenham. Click here for our 2022 rehearsal schedule.
- How to get here: Beckenham Methodist Church is close to several bus routes as well as Beckenham Junction railway station and Tramlink terminus. Find us on Google Maps here.
- The car park in St George’s Road, a short walk from the Methodist Church, is free after 7.30pm.
- The majority of SLS concerts take place in local venues, including Beckenham Methodist Church and St. George’s Church.
- Social events have included parties, summer barbecues, restaurant meals, quiz nights and country walks.
- Although we rehearse in rooms belonging to the Beckenham Methodist Church, we are not a church choir and welcome members of any faith.
- Find out more: how to join the South London Singers.
What sort of music do we sing?
We perform from a wide-ranging repertoire, which covers both secular and sacred music from the fifteenth century to the present. Most of our repertoire is performed in four parts (SATB), either a cappella or with organ, piano or light instrumental accompaniment suited to a smaller chamber group.
Familiar composers such as Handel, Bach and Britten feature alongside lesser-known composers such as Joseph Jongen and Michael Haydn.
We sing a variety of well-known pieces alongside new discoveries – and have even debuted some brand-new pieces written for us by local composers and friends of the choir.
The SLS owns sets of some of the music we have performed and is willing to hire these out to other choirs. Click here to find our music hire list.
If you are interested in hiring some of our sets of scores, please email us for details of our charges and other terms.
NICHOLAS WIBBERLEY has been musical director at SLS since July 2019.
An accomplished musician, Nicholas graduated from Goldsmiths University London where he specialised in the organ, singing, and composition.
As a conductor, Nicholas enjoys working with choirs on a wide range of repertoire and has a particular interest in European music of the 20th century. Nicholas is also director of music at All Saint’s Church in Orpington, a position he has held since April 2019. Prior to this he was organist and director of music at St John’s Church in Catford. He has previously been musical director of the Fortune Green Choir in West Hampstead, visiting conductor with the Goldsmiths University Chamber Choir and artistic director of the St John’s Festival of Music.
Nicholas’s musical performances include recitals as both a singer and an organist all over the country. He has performed song cycles by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Robert Schumann.
With a particular affinity for contemporary music, Nicholas also enjoys composing and has published compositions with both Encore Publications and Firehead Editions.
In addition to his work as a professional musician, Nicholas is also an experienced funeral director and in 2018 founded his own funeral company with his wife Rachael. Nicholas’ work and various musical activities all keep him very busy, but in his spare time he enjoys socialising with friends, good food, and politics.
South London Singers, Care of:
39 Balfour Road, South Norwood, London, SE25 5JY
Mary: 020 8656 2815