Entries by stephend

Christ Church, Oxford

From January to July 2024 I will be Interim Director of Music at Christ Church, returning there after my retirement in 2018.  It’s an exciting prospect to be covering this interregum in the place I love so much.

St. Paul’s Cathedral Organ Recital

On 1 October I gave one of the Sunday afternoon recitals in St. Paul’s.  There was an enthusiastic audience of 650 people to hear this wonderful instrument in all its glory.

Poulenc Organ Concerto

I was the soloist in two performances of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of John Lubbock. Oxford’s University Church and London’s St. Martin in the Fields were ideal venues for this magnificent work.  

St. John’s College, Cambridge

Between January and March 2023, I was Interim Director of Music at St. John’s College Cambridge: a wonderful choir and college.  Highlights included the live broadcast on Radio 3 of Ash Wednesday choral evensong.

Furman Church Music Conference 27-28 January 2022

Furman’s music programme is incredibly impressive and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there as guest clinician in January 2022.  A lively group of conference attendees joined with the excellent student choirs.  I recommend a visit to Greenville S.C. for anyone who hasn’t been there.

Emergency Fund for Cathedral Choirs

The Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) and the Ouseley Church Music Trust (OCMT) have launched a Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund to support choirs silenced during the COVID-19 national lockdown. Contributions to the fund may be made through the FCM website, www.fcm.org.uk.  As chairman of the Ouseley Trust, I care deeply about this cause.  We must […]

Worcester College

My role at Worcester College ends on 30 June 2020.  The term has been an unusual one, with online rehearsals for the boy choristers and virtual performances by the choral scholars in Sunday services.  My thanks to all at Worcester for making it such an enjoyable experience.  Particular highlights this term were performances of Iain […]

Baltimore Boychoir Festival postponed

This year’s festival has been postponed because of the covid-19 epidemic but Stephen will be guest conductor at next year’s Festival  in May, 2021.  See https://www.marylandstateboychoir.org/ for more details.