About Kevin

Kevin has many interests as a musician and teacher with strengths in performance, improvisation, composition, theory, aural and choral music. He has performed as a pianist, organist and conductor across the UK for forty years and more recently his interests in music education have taken him to conferences in Malaysia, China and Australia.

 

He began directing choirs in 1980 and has worked with all ages including massed choirs of school children at the Wembley Conference Centre; adult choirs such as the North Cotswold Chamber Choir and close harmony group Two-Apart which he founded in 1987; student choirs such as the Oxford Gargoyles and the Howling Wolves (University of Wolverhampton Chamber Choir) who won the regional heat of the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition in 2002 and the National Choir of the Year competition in 2016.

 

Kevin has taken student choirs to perform in a number of cathedrals in the UK and on tour in Amsterdam and in 2008 he was instrumental  in securing £25k funding to enable the Sneyd School Choir to go to Graz, Austria, for the World Choir Olympics involving two former University of Wolverhampton music students on the teaching staff. Kevin’s work with children’s singing is widely recognised and his music is published by Oxford University Press, Faber and the ABRSM.

 

Other work of note includes being Musical Director for CoMA East Midlands, Contemporary Music-Making for Amateurs, (1999-2002) producing a concert of songs by Pixell & Gunn at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton (2004); Kevin’s debut as organ soloist at Symphony Hall (2006); directing the Oxford Festival of Voices (since the early 90's). More recent projects have been a Christmas Festival of Voices and a Jukebox Jamboree involving over 700 young singers across the West Midlands.

 

As a teacher and lecturer Kevin has helped and encouraged many children, young people and student musicians in pursuing meaningful careers in music - many of whom are now teaching, writing and performing.

Career History at a Glance:

1985-95 Oxfordshire schools (Fitzharrys, Isis, Frideswide, Cherwell, Henry Box)

1995-2019 University of Wolverhampton (Principal Lecturer, Head of Department)

2019 Oundle School (Organist & Choir Master)

2019-> Coventry Music Hub (Music Engagement Officer)

@2020 by Kevin Stannard Music