The New London Music Society (NLMS) was founded in 1981 by Terence Lovett and held its first residential music course at Wycombe Abbey School (High Wycombe) in 1982. NLMS also established a choir and orchestra which gave regular concerts in London and the Home Counties. Following the death of the Founder early in 1993, the Society was pleased to welcome Philip Meaden as Director. In 1999 the Summer School moved Queenswood School  near Hatfield in Hertfordshire, and in 2002 reverted to its original name. In 2019, the school moved to a new venue, Downe House School, near Newbury in Berkshire.

The society also runs a string quartet weekend in the Leeds area, usually at Easter time.

The society is grateful for the continued support of its President, The Earl Howe.


Steve Bingham studied violin with Emmanuel Hurwitz, Sidney Griller and the Amadeus Quartet at the Royal Academy of Music, and founded the Bingham String Quartet in 1985. The Quartet has an enviable reputation for both classical and contemporary repertoire, has recorded numerous CDs, and has worked for radio and television both in the UK and as far afield as Australia. The group has toured in Europe, the Middle East and Australia and has worked with distinguished musicians such as Jack Brymer, Raphael Wallfisch, Michael Collins and David Campbell.

He has also appeared as guest leader with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, English National Ballet and English Sinfonia. He has given solo recitals both in the UK and America and his concerto performances include works by Bach, Vivaldi, Bruch, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn and Sibelius, given in venues as prestigious as St. Johns’ Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall. Steve is also a conductor of some repute and is currently principal conductor of Ely Sinfonia, the City of Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and the Ad Hoc Sinfonia.

Steve is internationally renowned for his solo violin recitals, where he mixes acoustic pieces with live-looped electric violin arrangements in his own unique way. Steve has released four solo albums, “Duplicity”, “Ascension”, “Third” and “The Persistence Of Vision”, alongside many single tracks.

Steve’s interests include ornithology, photography and Celtic knotwork. For more information about all Steve’s activities please visit


  • Frederick Curzon, 7th Earl Howe


  • Chair of Trustees: Philip Meaden
  • Summer School Director and CEO: Steve Bingham
  • Secretary: Tessa Crilly
  • Administrator and Treasurer: Suzanne Meaden
  • Members’ Representatives: Lorraine Collins, Jacob Ashworth, Euan McCandless
  • Librarian: Janice Twiselton
  • Registered Nurse: Arlene Brown
  • Honorary Member: Spencer Freeman MBE

Administrator: Suzanne Meaden


  • Site photography: Steve Walker
  • Marketing advisor, website and Facebook: Geoff Bushell
  • Twitter: Cathy Fox
  • Instagram: Lewis Braham
  • Recruitment: Jackie Bushell
  • Bar: David Ward


The assets of the New London Music Society have transferred to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) named ‘New London Music Association’ – Charity number 1179200.  This transfer, agreed at the 2018 NLMS Annual General Meeting, puts the society on a modern footing, with an up-to-date constitution drafted in accordance with Charity Commission guidelines for CIOs; it will have no impact on attendance at, or the running of, the society’s offerings such as the Summer School described on this website. As ‘NLMS’ has become a well-known brand name of NLMA, we intend to retain it as our identity for the foreseeable future.

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We were deeply saddened to learn in April 2022 that Cynthia Gomme BEM died in a car accident in February. Cynthia was the Summer School’s founder-Administrator, and she served in that role for almost 40 years. She gave selflessly of her time and talents, and she played a crucial part in ensuring the Society’s ongoing success. In addition to her voluntary work for NLMS, Cynthia supported Rennie Grove Hospice Care as a fundraiser. As a friend of hers commented: ‘Cynthia was a wonderful, unique lady. She was a privilege to know.’ May she rest in peace.   

Staff of the NLMS summer school at Wycombe Abbey in 1983. Cynthia Gomme is kneeling at right. Founder Terence Lovett is at centre, with conductors Sidney Ellison and Philip Meaden on either side.
Cynthia Gomme (left) at her British Empire Medal ceremony in Oxford in 2019, with Suzanne Meaden. Cynthia and Suzanne are the only two administrators the Summer School has ever had in over 40 years.