Stuart Vezey

Stuart Vezey was born in 1948 in Kingston-upon-Thames. At the age of seventeen he joined the Ember Music Society (since renamed Ember Choral) and moved to the Ernest Read Music Association choir (now defunct) a few years later with which he remained until 1980 in which year he took part in a performance of Brahms' German Requiem at the Festival Hall. After a 19 year gap from singing he joined the North London Chorus in 1999 with which he took part in the first anglo-german performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the Berlin Konzerthaus in November 2013. He now sings with the Fortismere Community Choir which he joined in 2017.
 

He wrote his first orchestral piece in 1966/7 - the Symphony No. 1 in Bb major - and his first choral piece in 1968 - a setting of Tennyson’s poem Break, Break, Break (On Thy Cold Gray Stones, O Sea!) for a capella mixed chorus.

Other choral works - some of which have been recorded – include Four Shakespeare Sonnets, Psalm 37, Locksley Hall, Psalm 56, Ave Maria and Von Herzen for a capella mixed chorus, a Missa Brevis for mixed chorus, woodwind and brass, Psalm 51 (Miserere) for mezzo-soprano soloist, mixed chorus and woodwind quartet, a setting of the Song of Mary (Magnificat) for mixed chorus and orchestra, The Bells of Christmas Ring and Nunc Dimittis both for double choir, a setting of the Te Deum for mixed chorus and orchestra and an a capella mixed chorus arrangement of Tennyson's Calm is the morn from his forthcoming composition for baritone, choir and orchestra - An English Requiem - including text from Tennyson’s In Memoriam.

Other current work-in-progress includes a ballet Suite - Oenone - for contralto soloist and orchestra and a setting of the Stabat Mater for mixed chorus, woodwind, marimba and strings.

Those pieces available to view/hear on YouTube are:

Break, break, break* (2mins):    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyCKAIaF-3w
(Matthew Hamilton/New London Chamber Choir)

Locksley Hall (3m 44secs):    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MJ7xG2cPSc
(Ivor Setterfield/New London Singers)   

Agnus Dei (from Missa Brevis) (2mins 30secs):   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ahXOWj1c4o      
(Ivor Setterfield/New London Singers)

Credo (from Missa Brevis) (7mins): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf0Mp7MN9vk
(Ivor Setterfield/New London Singers)

Psalm 37** (4mins):   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AXw_vUjrBs
(Ivor Setterfield/New London Singers)

Psalm 56 (5mins 30secs):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJgf349krfg
(Ivor Setterfield/New London Singers)

Calm is the morn (5m 51secs):   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEIG43Tc8pc 
(Ivor Setterfield/New London Singers)  

Sweet Silent Thought (from Four Shakespeare Sonnets) (4mins):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr6dCHi3ITg
(Ivor Setterfield/New London Singers)

No Longer Mourn For Me (from Four Shakespeare Sonnets) (4mins): https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=4OtHJG62hi4
(Matthew Hamilton/New London Chamber Choir)

First performance - Sunday 16 July 2006 at St Andrew's Church, Enfield (Byrdsong)

** First performance – Saturday 17 February 2018 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square (Ivor Setterfield conducting the New London Singers)
 

The music for all of the above is published by:

Kidman, Little & Associates Ltd.
57 North View Road
Hornsey
London
N8 7LN

 

E-mail music@klafilmvideo.co.uk for further details.