Spotlight on Vernon Midgley
the man behind the voice of Ned Beatty in Hear My Song
|He was a distinguished student at the Royal Academy of Music, having won a
three year scholarship and been honoured with an Associateship. On leaving the Royal
Academy he spent two seasons with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. His career has
subsequently embraced opera, operetta, oratorio, recitals and concerts, appearing at most
of the countrys major concert halls including all those at Londons South bank
and the Royal Albert hall. His trips abroad have taken him to America, Canada, Holland,
Germany, Israel, Greece, Iran, Italy, Australia and France.
His first television appearance was on Brannigan for Tyne Tees Television. Since then he has been seen in a number of operas and as a guest on spectacular shows and in such_serials_as Colditz, The French Connection, Love for Lydia and Father Matthews Daughter. He was also a guest on Pebble Mill at One. After one of his many appearances on the famous Good Old Days he received a postal response unequalled by any other artists in the twenty five year history of the programme. His voice was constantly heard advertising numerous and diverse commodities in a large number of television commercials.
|He has sung and appeared in a number of films including
Willow, Bad Timing, Dangerous Liaisons, Tree of Hands. Hitlers S.S. and of course
Hear my Song, in which Vernon dubs the voice of Josef Locke. On radio he has appeared on
countless light music programmes including, for a number of years, the International
Festival of Light Music. However, the programme which has helped most to make him a
household name is Friday Night is Music Night. He_has, on a number of occasions, presented
with his sister Maryetta, their own highly successful series. He has been heard in
numerous operas and operettas the last of which was The Gondoliers conducted by Sir
Charles Mackerras. SOme years ago he sang in version of Handels Messiah with the
Huddersfield Choral Society and brass band accompaniment conducted by Harry Mortimer.
Vernon has recorded various miscellaneous items for most of the major recording companies
with leading orchestras conducted by Sinopoli, Abbado, Pretre, Muti, Levine, Scimone,
Fenby and Maazel.
He also produces records on his own label, again with his sister, the latest of which is The Romance of Ivor Novello, available on LP, Cassette and CD.
A full catalogue may be obtained from MVM Records, P0 Box 131, Banstead, Surrey. SM7 1PH
Vernon has sung on a number of occasions for members of the Royal Family, including the Princess of Wales. He and his sister were greatly honoured by being chosen by the Queen Mother to take part in her Royal Command Performance to celebrate her 85th birthday.