Musicologist and Lecturer
During his 33 years as University Lecturer in Music at Oxford, Stephen has been involved in a number of performance-related research projects. These have resulted in some exceptional first recordings, including much English and continental sacred music of the late 15th and 16th centuries, Haydn’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s version of Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Francesco Durante’s Requiem.
Stephen was responsible for editing the Durante work, and the edition is to be published by Peters in 2019. In recent years, his research projects have been related to 18th-century Italian sacred music and Music and Society in England, 1851-1914.
As a University lecturer at Oxford he has devised and lectured on a wide variety of topics for Finals as follows:
The music of Szymanowski; Viennese Expressionism; The Symphonies of Sibelius; Choral Studies in Sacred Music: The English Reformation, The Jacobean period, English sacred music of 18th century, Italian sacred music of the 18th century, German sacred music of the 19th century; Performance Studies Music and Society in England, 1851-1914; Advanced Keyboard Skills; Choral Conducting; Dissertations.
He has also published a book entitled Composing Music for Worship, co-edited with Dr. Alan Kreider (Canterbury Press, 2011).
He has been Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cincinnati (three times); Artist-in-residence and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Western Australia (twice), Visiting Lecturer at the University of Sydney (twice) and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Melbourne (twice). He is also a lecturer for Martin Randall Festivals.
Outside Oxford, Stephen has been external examiner in many prestigious institutions, including at the University of Edinburgh, (BMus) and at the Royal Academy of Music (BMus). He has also been a doctoral examiner at Oxford University and the University of West London.