The Stamford Bridge Singers, founded by Michael Wiles, started life as an extension to the school choir at Stamford Bridge Primary School where he was Head of Music. An adult section was created to include four part singing and to enable the choir to perform a wider range of music. 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. At this time The Stamford Bridge Singers, as it was now called, became a member of the National Federation of Music Societies (Making Music).
Our Music Director (MD)
Stuart Nettleship has been Musical Director of numerous school and adult choirs and orchestras and has performed extensively in England and Wales including performing in Paris with his choir and orchestra. He was delighted to be appointed Musical Director of the Stamford Bridge Singers in 2014. He has recently composed a "Battle Cantata" to celebrate the 950th anniversary of the battle of Stamford Bridge (25th September 1066). We performed the work along with four other choirs, including one from Norway, in October 2016. Find out more about Stuart and his compositions on his website -
Nicholas Page is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, as well as a Fellow of both the Victoria College of Music, London, and the London College of Music. Nicholas is well-known in the York area and further afield as a church organist, recitalist and choral accompanist. He was Accompanist of The Occasion Choir from 2001 to 2017 and is the Organist at Bolton Methodist Church in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Michael has been a singer all his life. He, together with his wife, joined the Stamford Bridge Singers when they retired to Stamford Bridge from Suffolk in 2000. They find the variety of music both challenging and enjoyable.
Sue has been a member of the choir since 2004. She originally came to York to teach nursing at the University and now she runs a nursing case management business. She joined the choir committee as recruitment officer and then in 2011 took on the role of secretary. She loves the range and variety of music sung by the choir and firmly believes that singing is really good for your health, not to mention a great way to make new friends and socialise.
Tim joined the choir in 2008 after responding to a flier sent out by the choir. He played music at school but never had the courage to sing. He enjoys the wide variety of music the choir sings and looks forward to the two hours of escapism and relaxation every Thursday night.
Our Founder - Musical Director Emeritus
Michael spent his life in education retiring in 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. After 25 years of service he stood down as Musical Director in July 2014. His other interests include Friends of Cathedral Music and Friends of York Minster.