After studying Trumpet and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Steve enjoyed a 40-year career in music education, with a parallel amateur career of conducting, composing and brass playing. On retirement, he was able to take up two further musical pursuits, singing and brass banding, whilst continuing to conduct and compose.
Steve’s conducting has ranged from choirs and musical theatre companies to bands and orchestras, and he has been privileged to conduct performances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and also Dudley Castle where he performed his own specially commissioned work in the presence of H.M. The Queen.
Coming late to brass banding after a period of non-playing, Steve played Soprano Cornet in Vintage Brass (Christchurch) and Ringwood & Burley Band (New Forest), where he also became conductor in 2013. Moving with his wife Cindy to Wokingham in 2015, Steve joined Saint Sebastian Wokingham Band on cornet and was then appointed Band Master - a position which he has very much enjoyed, and will continue for the foreseeable future.
Steve’s first musical love is (and has always been) conducting, and he is delighted to have been appointed as Musical Director for Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band, and is looking forward to a long and warm association with this talented and friendly band.