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About the ISS

The International Staff Songsters is the representative choir of The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. The group love to sing about light, hope and God's unconditional love for the world.

The group was formed in 1980 by international leader General Arnold Brown to inspire people with the 'heart songs' of The Salvation Army in our home territory and around the world.

Visit our facebook page @InternationalStaffSongsters for reports, photos and videos from our concerts and events.

The men and women in the 30-strong choir have a personal Christian faith and are active members in their local Salvation Army corps (churches). Once a month, from September to June, the group comes together to present a varied musical programme and leads Christian worship at a Salvation Army centre.

The Songsters' repertoire includes music from The Salvation Army, as well as composers such as Eric Whitacre, Mark Hayes, Will Todd and Sir John Taverner.

With a reputation for musical excellence, the Songsters regularly rappear on national TV and radio, and have taken part in concerts in venues all over the world. This includes cathedrals to squatter camps, community centres to London's Royal Albert Hall.

International tours, to support members of The Salvation Army around the world in their service to local communities, include the United States of America, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Scandinavia, Estonia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya. 

As well as attending concerts and worship services, the Songsters have recordings available on CD or digital download (visit the website www.sps-shop.com). All profits from recordings and performances support the work of The Salvation Army.

The group rehearse most Wednesday evenings (from September to November and from January to June) at the UKI headquarters of The Salvation Army in Southwark, London. Please email the secretary (kelvin.mercer@salvationarmy.org.uk) if you would like to attend a rehearsal.

Wherever they go, through music the International Staff Songsters seek to introduce people to Jesus Christ and his power to transform lives and communities. Songsther Leader Dorothy Nancekievill says: "The privilege and joy we get from singing together as the ISS is immeasurable. We aim to excite, challenge and inspire as we share the Christian message through song."