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Born in East Ham, London, Stephen learned the ‘cello at school with William Roskelly. He played the Haydn D Major Concerto with his local Youth Orchestra aged 17, and also studied the Walton concerto. In his teenage years he played with the London Junior Orchestra (conductor Bernard Keefe) at the Royal Academy of Music and also played and performed regularly with friends in a string quartet, in which he became acquainted with the great quartets of Shostakovich and Bartok, dabbled with the dodecaphony of Webern, and first tried his hand at composition. He was fortunate to have some conducting lessons from Sir Adrian Boult during these years. While studying medicine at King's College Cambridge he performed for David Willcocks' farewell and Philip Ledger’s inaugural concert. Later in London he composed, orchestrated & conducted music for pantomimes, shows and reviews. He also played in the London-based group Sinfonia Concertante (conductor Clive Fairbairn) receiving favourable notices in the national press. In the 1980s he was a member of the Salomon Orchestra under various conductors including John Elliot Gardiner, Simon Rattle, Brian Wright and Nicholas Braithwaite, working with soloists that included Nigel Kennedy, Stephen Isserlis and Felicity Lott. The Salomon’s concerts at St. John’s Smith Square were regularly broadcast on the radio. Later he was to take part in a commercial recording accompanying Hinge & Bracket, and also made a CD with the Academy of St. Thomas in Norwich. He has lived in Cornwall since 2000 and professional musical engagements have included the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and work with Plymouth Philharmonic Choir and Truro Choral Society. Now retired from medical practice he is a member of the orchestra of New Devon Opera and also a member of the Sue Aston Ensemble (http://www.sueastonensemble.co.uk/) and he has played for many other shows and choral societies in Devon and Cornwall. He is currently Musical Director of Bodmin Operatic Society and is actively engaged in various composition projects. He is married to the 'cellist Sue Heywood.
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