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A Choral Symphony: Celebrating 40 years of The International Staff Songsters

Community Concerts
A Choral Symphony: Celebrating 40 years of The International Staff Songsters

Saturday 07th March, 2020


Phoenix Concert Hall


The International Staff Songsters (ISS), led by Dorothy Nancekievill, is the premier choir of The Salvation Army. Their first performance was at the Fairfield Halls in March 1980.

They are delighted to be supported at their 40th birthday gala concert by:

Singer and broadcaster Aled Jones MBE

Pianist Robert Clark who is Head of Music Staff for The Royal Ballet

London Mozart Players

The ISS has a wide repertoire featuring music by composers from The Salvation Army and artists such as Eric Whitacre, Mark Hayes, Will Todd and Sir John Tavener. Profits from recordings and performances support the work of The Salvation Army.

The Songsters reach thousands of people via TV and radio appearances, and in concerts all over the world: from singing in cathedrals, community halls, slums and squatter camps, to concert venues and every Christmas-time at the Royal Albert Hall. Global tours include the United States of America, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Scandinavia, Estonia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand.


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Venue Info

Phoenix Concert Hall

Designed as a scaled down version of the Royal Festival Hall, (both venues shared the same acoustic consultant, Hope Bagenal), our Concert Hall is recognised internationally for its fantastic and bright acoustics and has “…some of the finest acoustics in Europe” as stated by renowned conductor Leopold Stokowski.

The Phoenix Concert Hall will once again play host to the London Mozart players as resident Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.



Phoenix Pianos

Phoenix Pianos - Fairfield Halls

Phoenix Pianos are a British company that pride themselves on leading the piano manufacture industry with new, high-end piano technologies.

Founder and Chairman, Richard Dain, is a man of impressive engineering pedigree and tireless vision, who in the early 2000s began to combine his passion for pianos and music with his wide-ranging engineering skills.

A series of ground-breaking innovations have led to the most technologically advanced pianos in the world.

The Phoenix mission is twofold:

  1. To once again offer inspiration to artists in new levels of acoustic performance, after a century of near complete stagnation within the piano industry.
  2. To make highly practical improvements to piano design, such as climate resistance, longevity of parts, reliability of performance, and touch response.

Phoenix instruments benefit from:

  • Carbon fibre and Kevlar soundboard designs
  • A new highly responsive action comprising 3D printed and carbon fibre parts
  • Patented bridge technology to improve the power and efficiency of acoustic transfer, giving artists access to a wider dynamic range

The installation of a fleet of Phoenix instruments in the Fairfield Halls, and their sponsoring of the Phoenix Academy, represent a very special moment for both piano design and manufacture, and for this premier venue.