STUART PENNY – Brief Biography
b. 1952 Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) Stuart’s father was in the Royal Airforce (UK) and seconded to the Rhodesian Airforce as a pilot instructor. In 1955 the family returned to the UK.
As the family moved around with his father’s work Stuart attended infant and junior schools in several counties. The family base was with his maternal grandparents in Shropshire and
Stuart’s secondary education was at Priory Grammar School for Boys Shrewsbury. Stuart has two brothers and a sister.
1969 – 1971 Foundation course in Art and Design at Shrewsbury Art School.
1971 – 1972 A year out during which Stuart became a Christian whilst hitchhiking in Europe.
1972 -1975 Wolverhampton Art College BA (Hons) Fine Art
1974 Stuart marries Monica. During the next twenty years their four children are born: Joseph (b77), Sam (b79), Alice (84), and their extra blessing, Tobias (b97).
1975 Founder member of Aaron, a five-piece rock band that toured the pub-rock venues of the UK. Playing mostly self-penned songs they had many influences. Their own sound was enhanced with close harmony vocals and three lead guitarists. In 1976 they toured in American mid-west.
1977 to 1980 Stuart worked as a pick-up band member with various other artists, notably three tours with Graham Kendrick 1977, 1978, 1979; this last one as a duo.
During these and subsequent years he contributed guitar and vocals to albums by others.
1980 – 1997 Stuart formed the Stuart Penny Band (SPB) circa 1980. Their first tour was as support to GK. Over the years a variety of talented musicians were in the live line-up. They and others contributed to the four albums Stuart recorded (see details under the ‘Other’ button on the home page).
Stuart performed around the UK and beyond (in Canada, Europe and the Middle East) both solo and, whenever possible, with the band. He is always willing to talk about his Christian faith and particularly enjoys discussion and being asked questions about faith, so, this was a feature of many of the events that he was involved with. He was invited to sing, speak and lead discussions in Universities, Colleges, Schools and Churches as well as perform in the conventional settings of concert halls and rock venues etc
1997 Approved for training as a Church of England minister
1997 – 2000 Ridley Hall Theological College Cambridge, CTM, MA
2000 – 2003 Curate Uttoxeter Area of Parishes, Staffordshire
2003 – 2017 Vicar of Crosthwaite St Kentigern, Keswick, Cumbria
now the fun begins . . .