Mr Kevin Stannard

Director of Performance and Outreach

Kevin Stannard
Email address: K.P.Stannard@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323291 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Performing Arts Areas of expertise: Music

About

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 over thirty 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 Howlin’ Wolves (University of Wolverhampton Chamber Choir) who won the regional heat of the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year competition in 2002.

Kevin has taken student choirs to perform in a number of cathedrals in the UK and on tour in Amsterdam. In 2008 he secured £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) and Kevin’s debut as organ soloist at Symphony Hall (2006).

As a teacher with nearly 30 years experience Kevin has helped and encouraged many young people and musicians. A number of former students are now teaching, writing and performing.

Research interests

  • Choral direction; Music Education; Eighteenth Century English Music; Improvisation; Church Music; Song writing (Oxford University Press, Sing Up); Piano performance (Lola Perrin Performance Hub commission 2013)

Qualifications

  • MA (Cantab 1983) ARCO PGCE (Middlesex 1985) PGCHE (Wolverhampton 1996)

Publications

Publications and Conference Papers

  • Society for Musical Analysis study day on Improvisation (2001)

www.teachingexpertise.com

  • Keep Music Education Live: Learning & Teaching piece with MA student, Ruby Barnell, for Optimus Publishing (July/August 2009)

http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-343551-9

  • Author/Editor: Junior Voiceworks 1: 33 songs for children (2003)
  • Producer: CD [BML056] Defiance to Cupid: Eighteenth Century songs by John Pixell & Barnabus Gunn (2004)

http://www.oup.co.uk/music/educ/voiceworks/

  • Songwriter/arranger credits in Voiceworks 1 (2001), Voiceworks 2 (2003), Voiceworks at Christmas (2004), Young Voiceworks (2006) and Jamaican Voiceworks (2009)

http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-335574-4

  • Author/Editor: Junior Voiceworks 2: 33 more songs for children (2007)

http://www.oup.co.uk/music/xmas/xmasCD08/

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780193435537.do

  • Kings came riding CD track, produced and directed by John Rutter (2008)
  • Songwriter for Sing Up, the Music Manifesto’s singing programme published by Faber; three song arrangements and one original song published (2008/9)
  • Land of the Silver Birch arranger (KS) - ABRSM Grade 2 singing syllabus (2009)
  • Penguin: A Family Christmas with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra/RSNO Junior Chorus Compact Disc (2010)
  • Royal Musical Association: published review of study day on Improvisation (2001)
  • Royal Musical Association: gave paper: Pixell, the plagiarising priest (2005)

http://rma.ac.uk/newsletters/newsletter-2005-mar.pdf

www.teachingexpertise.com

  • Keep Music Education Live: Learning & Teaching article with Ruby Barnell, for Optimus Publishing (July/August 2009)

http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-343551-9

  • Author/Editor: Junior Voiceworks 1: 33 songs for children (2003)
  • Producer: CD [BML056] Defiance to Cupid: Eighteenth Century songs by John Pixell & Barnabus Gunn (2004)

http://www.oup.co.uk/music/educ/voiceworks/

  • Songwriter/arranger credits in Voiceworks 1 (2001), Voiceworks 2 (2003), Voiceworks at Christmas (2004), Young Voiceworks (2006) and Jamaican Voiceworks (2009)

http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-335574-4

  • Author/Editor: Junior Voiceworks 2: 33 more songs for children (2007)

http://www.oup.co.uk/music/xmas/xmasCD08/

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780193435537.do

  • Kings came riding CD track, produced and directed by John Rutter (2008)

https://www.singup.org/nc/singup-songbank/songs-and-warm-ups/song

https://www.singup.org/nc/singup-songbank/songs-and-warm-ups/song

https://www.singup.org/nc/singup-songbank/songs-and-warm-ups/song

  • Songwriter for Sing Up, the Music Manifesto’s singing programme published by Faber; four song arrangements and one original song published (2008 - 15)
  • Penguin: A Family Christmas with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra/RSNO Junior Chorus Compact Disc (2010)
  • Kodaly Australian National Conference 2012 (Junior Voiceworks workshop 2012)

https://sites.google.com/site/kodalysouthaustralia/kodaly-national-conference-2012

Selected Performances

  • Kings came riding: Hexham Abbey (2008); Connecticut Master Chorale (2010)
  • Heatwave: Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts (2009)
  • Deep sea squeeze: Oxford Festival of Voices (2010)
  • Five eyes: Moray Music Festival (2012)
  • Land of the silver birch: Kiwanis Music Festival, Toronto (2012)
  • Cape Cod shanty: Music For Youth National Festival Birmingham Programme 2012
  • Singing stone (3 songs): Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton (2014)
  • Song of seasons: George Dias Theatre, Madeira (2015)
  • Whale: Leeds Cathedral Junior Girls Choir At The BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year Competition (2014)
  • Wondering; Monster Stomp: Dumfries Music Festival (2014)
  • Puffin: Moray Music Festival (2014)
  • Song arrangements: Dumfries Music Festival (2013 and 2014); Badenoch & Strathspey Music Festival 2015; Moray Music Festival (2016)

Consultancy

  • Early years Music specialist Orly Zalel (2006)
  • Sneyd School Choir tour to Graz, Austria, for the World Choir Olympics (2008)
  • Walsall Primary Schools Music Festival (2008)
  • Bedfordshire School Improvement Service (2007-9)
  • Open University/Trinity College Key Stage 2 CPD (2007-9)
  • Buckinghamshire Music Service Vocal Conference (2010)
  • Holywell Primary School, Loughborough (2011)

Experience in industry

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Working Musician, Invention & Creativity, Employability & Enterprise, Professional Practice. Director of University Choir and Chamber Choir

Non-Teaching Responsibilities

  • Head of Department, SQEC committee, Work-based learning
  • Collaborative Links: ICOM Malaysia, YAMAHA Malaysia, NISS Oslo
  • Artistic Director for the Worfield Trust

Employment History

Higher Education: University of Wolverhampton

  • Head of Music SPAL (2008>current)
  • Course Leader SPAL, Music BA (1999-2008)
  • Course Leader SPAL, Music MA (2005-8)
  • B.Ed/PGCE Music Co-ordinator, SEd. (1995-9)
  • Joint Head of Music, SEd. (1996-7)

School Education

  • Henry Box School, Witney – Head of Music (1992-5)
  • The Cherwell School, Oxford – Head of Music (1991-2)
  • Isis School, Oxford – Head of Music (1986-91)
  • Fitzharrys School, Abingdon – Teacher of Music (1985-6)

Business

  • Arthur Andersen & Company – Trainee Management Accountant (1983-4)