Stephen read music at Canterbury Christ Church College (now Canterbury Christ Church University) where his degree was conferred by the University of Kent. Alto and baritone saxophones and orchestral conducting were the practical focus of the degree. He was heavily involved in all aspects of music making and particularly excelled in orchestration classes with Paul Max Edlin. During his time in Canterbury he played in the successful saxophone quartet ‘Saxophonie’, which performed in concerts at Canterbury Cathedral, as well as in the annual Boulogne-sur-mer jazz festival.  

In 2004 Stephen completed a Masters in Music for which his final dissertation An Investigation into the Impact of Gramophone Recordings on Radio Broadcasting in the United Kingdom until 1939, was awarded Distinction. 

Stephen continues to enjoy playing saxophone and conducting choirs and orchestras at school. He has also created many videos to help aspiring musicians with Music Theory, the grammar of music. Read more about Stephen’s videos on this page.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Independent Society of Musicians