About our Musical Director

Stewart is established as a versatile artist performing extensively on the concert and recital platform.

Originally from Lytham St. Annes, he is a graduate of the University of Huddersfield and holds diplomas in the teaching and performance of music. Stewart studied singing with tutors at the Royal Northern College of Music, including Barbara Robotham, John Cameron and Patrick McGuigan and has participated in masterclasses with Dame Janet Baker, Norman Tattersall and Margaret Lane.

His wide-ranging, flexible baritone voice allows him to encompass a considerable repertoire from Bach to Britten and he is equally at home in Handel's "Messiah" as in Orff's "Carmina Burana". Operatic roles have included the Count (Marriage of Figaro), Don Carlos (The Force of Destiny) ,Germont (La Traviata) Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors) Papageno (The Magic Flute) and Escamillo (Carmen).

As a concert singer, Stewart has performed in venues from Scotland to Surrey; at the South Bank and Royal Albert Hall; on radio and television and abroad in Germany and Spain. He has a particular interest in the art song form which joins his love of music and languages.

Stewart has extensive experience with choral and operatic groups, having formed his first choir when he was 15 years old. He has been involved with award-winning choirs which has included gaining the Outstanding Performance Award at the Music for Youth National Choral Competition and first prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.

 After many years teaching music in schools and colleges, latterly as Head of Performing Arts, he has now returned to his roots as a freelance musician - singing, teaching, conducting, accompanying and playing the organ.


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