Choral Holidays - Singing in wonderful locations

Jeff Stewart

Jeff Stewart began singing at the age of seven in the local church choir and was fortunate enough to sing in many of the great cathedrals both with this choir and with the Royal School of Church Music. It was here that he first developed an interest in being a musical director, often stepping in when the choirmaster had to be absent.

He subsequently went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study as a singer, winning the Harold Rosenthal Award for outstanding achievement on the Opera Course. This led him on to an international career as a Tenor in both Opera and concert, which has included appearances all around the world. He combines this with a busy teaching practice and in 2005 he became a professor of singing at the Royal College of Music. He is now also a professor in the vocal faculty of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

In 2004 Jeff saw an advert in the local Parish magazine asking for a choirmaster to come and lead the fledgling choir in the tiny neighbouring village. He began with 8 people which in a very short space of time grew to around 40 members in a thriving ensemble which, in addition to its duties at home, regularly sings in cathedrals around the country. At the start of 2019 they sang at St. Paul’s Cathedral for the first time.

From 2009 – 2017 Jeff was the Musical Director of Uxbridge Choral Society, with whom he enjoyed considerable success, most notably by putting on the world amateur premiere of John Tavener’s Lament for Jerusalem. In 2015 he became the musical director of Aylesbury Choral Society and has now added the Lord Williams Festival Chorus to his schedule.

His love of teaching people how to get the most out of their singing, whatever their level, has led him to set up Choral Holidays.

Jeff is frequently invited to give vocal masterclasses and choral workshops both in the UK and abroad.


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