THE SOUTH LONDON SINGERS formed as a chamber choir in 1982. There are currently some 25 to 30 members (always room for more, if you enjoy singing and have a good voice), and the SLS is now firmly established on the local music scene in the Beckenham area.
The founding conductor of the South London Singers was Derek Williams. John Nightingale took over as Director in 1988 and stayed in this post for the next 25 years. Under his baton, the SLS continued to raise its musical standards and set new musical goals for itself. John helped to develop the choir’s focus on the neglected portions of the English choral repertoire.
Julian Collings who was Director from May 2013 until February 2019 continued to enable the choir to explore new musical avenues and to maintain its level of musical attainment. Now that Julian has moved to a larger choir, we are delighted to welcome Nicholas Wibberley as our new Director from July 2019.
English music is a strong element in our programming, but works by a wide cross-section of continental and non-European composers are also performed. The choir has given well-received performances of baroque works, romantic partsongs, and American music. Programmes are designed to complement, rather than compete with, the activities of larger choral societies.
A graduate in music from Goldsmith University, London where he specialised in the organ, singing, and composition, Nicholas is also Director of Music at All Saint’s Church in Orpington having previously held scholarships at St George’s, Beckenham and St Laurence’s, Catford. As a conductor Nicholas enjoys working with a variety of types of choir on a wide range of repertoire and has a particular interest in European music of the 20th century.