8th October 2021 — Michael Stuckey was Director of Music at King’s House School, Professor of the Organ at the London College of Music, and Organiser and Choirmaster at Richmond Parish Church when he sadly passed away at the age of 33 in 1988. He had been at King’s House for 12 years, and conducted the choir at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Westminster Abbey and the Barbican Concert Hall. Michael had also been made Children’s Chorus Master for the World Premiere production of Evita, conducted Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre and was Chorus Master to the original production and recording of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.
The concert has been held for many years now in his memory, with soloist and ensemble performances alongside the singing competition. There were some fabulous performances from the Chamber Choir, King’s House Singers, Year 4 BBK’s and solos. This year’s three finalists performed Santa Evita by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a song of their choice. Many thanks to the competition adjudicators, Roxanna, Jem and Stephen, who also spoke about Michael’s life and passion for music.
Mark Turner, Head, said: “We were able to hold our usually annual Michael Stuckey Competition Concert for the first time in two years on Tuesday evening, and it was a real joy to be there. There were boys from all the year groups in the Senior Department performing and there was a wonderful range of styles and disciplines on show. We had marvellous performances from our newly formed Year 4 BBK choir, the King’s House Singers and Chamber Choir, all performed with clarity and gusto. Then of course there were our three finalists for the singing competition - all three boys sang to a very high standard, congratulations.”
Many congratulations to Year 8 pupil Krishan, who is this year’s winner of the singing competition, and runners up Gilly and Alistair. As well as the singing competition, there was a virtuoso performance from Sebastian in Year 8 on the electric guitar. He sang a piece he had written himself on climate change, and the judges also awarded him a special prize for this.