Jeff Stewart – Choir Conductor

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Born in Surrey, UK, Jeff studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (where he won the Harold Rosenthal award for outstanding achievement) and at the National Opera Studio.

Jeff is currently enjoying a busy world-wide career and his dramatic tenor voice is much in demand, both in opera and on the concert platform.

 

He began conducting when he took over the choir of Holy Trinity Church, Bledlow in 2003. At that time there were just 8 members. However, it was the ideal place for him to cut his teeth as a choir trainer and conductor. despite the fact that Bledlow is a tiny village in the Chilterns, word about this choir quickly spread and the membership quickly increased to it’s current level of about 40 members.

In 2009 Jeff was appointed as Musical director of Uxbridge Choral Society. He has already performed several very ambitious programmes with them, including a full scale Messiah and the world amateur premiere of Sir John Tavener’s Lament For Jerusalem.

In 2015 he became musical director of Aylesbury Choral Society and began by conducting the Brahms Requiem.

In 2011, Jeff founded his own company, Choral Holidays , which takes groups of amateur singers to beautiful and interesting locations and forms them into choirs which give a performance at the end of the holiday. This led to wonderful events at Milton Abbey, the Battistro in Pisa and Santa Croce in Florence, Santuari de Lluc in Mallorca and a host of cathedrals in England. Through this company he has also created an advanced choir, Cantemus Cum Spiritu to give singers who are considered leaders within their own choirs but whose choirs don’t sing cathedral services, the chance to do so.

Jeff is also regularly invited to give workshops to other choirs both in the UK and abroad. His first term with Lord Williams Festival Chorus will be the autumn 2018 one.