Stephen Newlove was born in Driffield, East Yorkshire and studied for a music degree at Huddersfield followed by a Masters degree in composition and analysis at the University of Hull.

Stephen started his musical training as a chorister in the choir of Beverley Minster, directed by Dr Alan Spedding.  After ten years he moved to York and sang in the Minster choir under Philip Moore.  Two years later Stephen moved across the Pennines to teach in an independent school near Chester and sing in the cathedral choir.  

At university Stephen participated in numerous productions ranging from Purcell to Gilbert and Sullivan.  During his time at York he also sang with the York University Chamber Choir, York University Opera Group and the Yorkshire Bach Choir performing a variety of solo and choral pieces including Charpentier, Carissimi and Handel.  Furthermore, Stephen performed regularly at the Beverley and York Early Music Festivals.

Stephen’s concert schedule has taken him to many choral societies in the North West, Yorkshire and Shropshire.  He has performed with some distinguished ensembles notably the Orchestra of the Golden Age, His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornets and English Haydn Orchestra.

Solo repertoire includes Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, Bach Evangelist and arias in the St. Matthew and John Passions, Evangelist in Christmas Oratorio, B minor Mass, Handel Messiah and Saul, Haydn Stabat Mater and Creation, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C minor, Beethoven Mass in C, Schubert Mass in E flat and G, Puccini Messe Di Gloria, Janacek Otcenas, Stainer Crucifixion, George Dyson Canterbury Pilgrims, Britten St Nicolas Cantata, Maxwell Davies Solstice of Light, Andrew Carter Song of Stillness, Jonathan Willcocks Lux Perpetua to name a few. 

He has also given a number of recitals featuring organ and piano, performing music by Purcell, Handel, Stanford, Finzi, Gurney and his own compositions.  As an experienced cathedral/choral singer Stephen is to be heard on a number of acclaimed recordings and he has also broadcast on radio and television.  Stephen is now a member of various distinguished vocal groups notably the Britten Singers (formerly the BBC Northern Singers), Canzonetta and Chudleigh’s Company. 

Composition figures prominently in Stephen’s life and he has composed for various ensembles and choirs and has had some pieces published.  He currently studies voice with Nicolas Powell.  Stephen is Director of Music at Carmel Sixth Form College in St. Helens, Merseyside where he teaches Advanced Level Music as well as conducting the Carmel College Choir and the College Barbershop Group.  He is married to Catriona and they have three young children.

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