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.


Nicola Wydenbach has extensive experience of directing programmes for such organisations as Music in Offices, Mind a Soul Choir, Sing to Beat Parkinson’s, C and C Housing, Skylarks, the Royal Opera House, Opera for All, Streetwise Opera, and the D’Vine Singers. She also works as a mentor with Music for Youth and is co-creator of CARVE – a collective of dance and music artists who specialise in working with people with Parkinson’s disease.

Nicola is a graduate of both the University of Birmingham and Trinity College of Music, and she holds graduate and post-graduate diplomas from the Royal College of Music. On learning of her appointment, Nicola said “I am delighted to be joining NLMS and look forward to working in an organisation with over 40 years of quality music-making. I cannot wait to experience the summer school at first-hand in 2021.” 


  • Chair of Trustees: Philip Meaden
  • Summer School Director: Nicola Wydenbach
  • 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 and recruitment: Geoff & Jackie Bushell
Website: Geoff Bushell


The New London Music Society is in the process of becoming a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and its assets will shortly be transferred to a new organisation 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, we intend to retain it for the foreseeable future.

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