Stephen is a freelance musician based in Worcestershire specializing in piano:- performing, accompanying, teaching and coaching.
After initial training with Arthur Pickles, Katrina George and Philip Kubilius, Stephen graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1998 following studies with the pianist-composer Philip Martin.
Whilst there, Stephen won the David Brookes Piano Competition, the Rena Kellaway Piano Competition and the Accompanists prize in the Reginald Vincent Lieder Competition. With Swingle singer Wendy Nieper he formed the duo, Two’s Company, which toured extensively throughout the U.K through the Live Music Now! Scheme, of which Stephen was the Midlands Regional Director for a time.
For seven years Stephen was an accompanist and musical director on the staff of the Birmingham School of Acting. He is regularly a Musical Director at venues including the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Norbury Theatre, Droitwich; Rose Theatre, Kidderminster; Swan Theatre, Worcester etc.
In 2003 Stephen launched the Malvern Hills Piano Holiday, a summer school aimed at adult amateur pianists of all calibres who were seeking a vacation and quality tuition, (tutors on the course have included Philip Martin, Vanessa Latarche, Ben Frith, David Quigley and Michael Blackmore), without the pressure associated with many of the more traditional courses. Artistically a success, the 2006 course featured in Alexander Waughs BBC documentary, Passion of the Piano.
Stephen was the first Head of Musical Theatre at the Elgar School of Music in Worcester having developed the Musical Theatre Academy from its conception. On the staff at the school from 2006 until 2016, in addition to his one-to-one teaching and sitting on the Board of Studies, he ran their Jazz band, the ESM Singers and two junior choirs- Songbirds and Nightingales. Whilst at the school he was the Musical Director of The Boyfriend (2012), Annie (2013), Let’s face the Music and Dance (2014), Half a Sixpence (2014), Crazy for You (2015), Bugsy Malone (2016) and his personal favourite, The Desert Song (2016). He left the school in summer 2016 to develop Malvern Hills Music.
Autumn 2016 sees the birth of Stephen and Pammy’s latest venture- Wymsical Theatre (Worcestershire Youth Musical Theatre) at the Worcester Arts Workshop.
In addition to directing Malvern Hills Music he teaches as a peripatetic at Hanley Castle High School, Upton Primary, Bowbrook School and Prince Henry’s School.