The Stamford Bridge Singers, founded by Michael Wiles, then Head of Music at Stamford Bridge Primary School, started life as an extension to the school choir. An adult section was created to include four part singing and to meet the desire to perform a wider range of music. Consequently in 1989 it became a choir in its own right called the Stamford Bridge Choir. At this stage the top line was still taken by the senior choristers of the school choir. In 2000 the choir became totally independent of the school choir, introducing sopranos to join the trebles on the top line. The Stamford Bridge Singers, as it was now called, became a member of the National Federation of Music Societies (Making Music) and voted in a committee. In 2014, after 25 years, Michael Wiles stepped down as Musical Director, but was invited to continue his involvement with the choir as Musical Director Emeritus (more information below). Stuart Nettleship is now our Musical Director.
Details of the current committee and other key people associated with the choir can be viewed here.
Musical Director Emeritus - Michael Wiles
Michael spent his life in education. His love for choral music and sacred music in particular, was fostered during his long association with the choir of Bridlington Priory. As Head of Music at Stamford Bridge Primary School he built up a thriving music department and a choir known for its high standards and challenging repertoire. He retired in December 2006. He conducted the Stamford Bridge Singers since its inception and was keen that young people, as well as those more "mature in years", should have the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of quality live music-making. He stood down as Musical Director in July 2014. His other interests include Friends of Cathedral Music and Friends of York Minster.