Why We Sing

Songs of joy, hope, peace and love

Songs of joy, hope, peace and love.

The International Staff Songsters (ISS) has a special role at the forefront of Salvation Army vocal music making in the UK and around the world. Based in London (UK), the Songsters use the power of music and song to share God's love and to bring people and communities together.

They sing a varied setlist of praise hymns, classical songs and contemporary choral music to inspire the listener. Their repertoire includes music by composers from The Salvation Army and artists such as Bob Chilcott, Mark Hayes, John Rutter, and Eric Whitacre.

From a cathedral to a community hall, regular appearances at London's Royal Albert Hall, to schools and prison chapels, the International Staff Songsters are blessed to reach people with songs about the love, joy, peace and love found in knowing Jesus.


SInce their founding in 1980, the group has been blessed to be invited to sing around the world - including recent tours of Kenya, Australia, New Zealand, and Copenhagen (Denmark). The International Staff Songsters have also been blessed to sing with many celebrity performers, including most recently Aled Jones, Kerry Ellis, and Lee Mead. 

Each Songster is an active member of tther local Salvation Army corps. They volunteer their time to be in the ISS and travel from around England and Wales for weekly rehearsal in central London. 

The International Staff Songsters are conducted by Dorothy Nancekievill who is a Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Dorothy was formerly Head of Farringtons School in Kent and previously Director of Music at Wells Cathedral School.

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Once a month,  the International Staff Songsters visit a Salvation Army centre to present a Saturday festival and Sunday worship service. See details on the Upcoming Events page. 

Profits from recordings (sold via www.sps-shop.com) and performances support the work of The Salvation Army. 

For enquiries about the International Staff Songsters ISS secretary K. Mercer email: info@salvationarmy.org.uk

International Staff Songsters

The International Staff Songsters (ISS) is at the forefront of Salvation Army vocal music making in the UK and around the world.

6 Jan 2020

Upcoming Events

Find our about our upcoming Songster events, with concerts and choral singing at world-famous venues.

6 Jan 2020


Recordings of the International Staff Songsters

6 Jan 2020

ISS Leadership Team

Meet the leaders of the International Staff Songsters

6 Jan 2020

Online with the ISS

Youtube highlights of the ISS

17 Nov 2020
22 Sep 2021

Celebrating 40 years

Celebrating 40 years of the International Staff Songsters

15 Aug 2020