12th, 13th and 14th October 2018

DoveStephen Petch - Professional Tenor, Conductor & MC

Stephen Petch

STEPHEN PETCH is a Professional Tenor and Choral Director living near Guildford, Surrey.

He is held in high regard as a tenor soloist, having performed for many choral societies across the established choral sacred and secular repertoire and given many song recitals.

Stephen has always loved music. His love of singing really began at the age of eight as a boy treble in his local church choir where he ultimately became Head Chorister. Formal voice training began with the D’Oyly Carte opera company tenor Edwin Rolles, then Head of Music at a renowned English public school, in 1983. Over a six-year period Stephen won over thirty first prizes in competitive vocal festivals, including the Festival Champion award at the prestigious Bournemouth Music Festival and the Four Voices Solo competition at the Welsh National Eisteddfod. His tuition continued under the guidance of the contralto Pamela Bowden and sopranos Wendy Eathorne and Cathryn Pope, all internationally-acclaimed opera singers. His current tutor is Royal Academy of Music Professor Ross Campbell.

Stephen’s extensive vocal repertoire includes: the Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Haydn’s The Creation and Missa in tempore belli, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (alongside the distinguished baritone Jozik Koc), Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Britten’s St. Nicolas, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary, Coleridge-Taylor’s Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast, Ramirez’ Misa Criolla, Alfred in Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus – to name but a few. He is equally at home with Art Song and Lieder and is currently singing by popular demand in the genres of Opera, Italian and Neapolitan Song and Classical Crossover music.

Stephen is thoroughly enjoying the opportunities presented to him by the international Radiant Rose Academy. He was honoured to take part in both the Resurrection Conclave in Vancouver and the Diamond Heart Conclave in Montréal last year. He is very much looking forward to participating once again in this year’s Montréal Conclave and also back at home in the UK for the I AM Family of Light’s Ascended Masters’ Conclave in Kent. Stephen is no stranger to performing internationally. As well as Canada, he has sung at engagements in Germany, Austria, Australia and New Zealand.

As a Choral Director and Member of the Association of British Choral Directors, he is Musical Director of Rushmoor Male Voice Choir, a post he’s held since 2001, and Musical Director of Kindred Spirits Choir (a choir solely for breast cancer sufferers and survivors). Both Hampshire choirs exist to raise funds for worthwhile causes, including Help for Heroes, the Army Benevolent Fund, Cancer Research UK, Save the Children and others including many local charities.

London’s famous and historic Royal Albert Hall was the prestigious venue, on three separate occasions, by invitation and under Stephen’s direction, for the Rushmoor MVC to participate in the London Welsh Festival of Male Voices, most recently in October 2016. The Choir has also twice travelled to Germany for performances under Stephen’s baton.

Stephen was the founding Musical Director of the Aldershot Military Wives’ Choir, affiliated to the Military Wives Foundation, and the Hampshire & Surrey NHS Choir, specifically for NHS staff and associates. Stephen was also the Musical Director of Crondall Community Choir and the previous Musical Director of Alton Choral Society. He has been the Deputy Festival Director for the South Coast Festival of Male Voices since 2005 and a Guest Conductor at the Croydon Festival of Male Voices held at its famous Fairfield Halls. He was highly credited for his experimental vocal directing work with the noted sound artist Thor McIntyre-Burnie on the sound installation for the Wind Tunnel Project, an audio-visual exhibition at Farnborough Airport, Hampshire, during the world-famous Farnborough Air Show in 2014.

In addition to his professional singing and choral directing careers, Stephen is an experienced vocal coach and piano tutor.

Aside from music, Stephen shares four grown-up boys, four cats and a fledgling electrical business(!) with his partner Gail; with the time that’s left, he enjoys walking, going for drives and watching rugby and motorsport!