Founded in 1963, NLS are one of London’s most exciting vocal ensembles. They perform most frequently at St Martin-in-the-Fields on Trafalgar Square but recent concerts have taken them to a variety of venues in the capital, including St James’s Piccadilly, St Paul’s Covent Garden, St James’s Sussex Gardens and Kings Place.
As well as concert performances, the choir is often to be found singing evensong at such venues as Westminster Abbey (2011-2013), Southwark Cathedral (2014-2016) and St Paul’s Cathedral (2016).
TV and audio recording credits include the Alan Titchmarsh Show, The One Show and Classic Goldie, a follow up to the popular BBC Maestro competition, which featured musical director Ivor Setterfield. The choir have also featured on Joseph Calleja’s album (2012) celebrating the great American tenor Mario Lanza, and on Bill Turnball’s Relaxing Classics (2016).
NLS have been a touring choir for much of their long history with recent destinations including Jersey, Paris, Poznan and Seville. Plans for a tour to Lisbon in October 2017 are well under way.
Recent season highlights include a complete performance of Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles (2011/12), Monteverdi’s Vespers (2012/13), Bach’s St John Passion (2013/14), Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music and Chilcott’s A Little Jazz Mass (2014/15) and sacred music by Martin, Poulenc, Durufle and Villette (2015/16).
The current 2016/17 season will see NLS perform Bach’s Mass in B minor at St Martin-in the-Fields and Durufle’s Requiem at St John’s Smith Square as part of the Tenebrae Holy Week Festival.