Stephen started writing and performing music from a young age. Now living in Hertfordshire with his wife and 2 children, Stephen has worked with some of the biggest names in the world of Jewish music.
After leaving school, Stephen’s interest in music continued during his university years and in 1991 he became the Musical Director and Conductor of the Shabbaton Choir, a post he has held for over 22 years. Stephen, together with the Shabbaton Choir and acclaimed chazanim Lionel Rosenfeld, Shimon Craimer and Jonny Turgel, has toured extensively both in the UK and abroad. Stephen and the Shabbaton Choir have performed at 8 Solidarity Through Song tours to Israel, 22 consecutive Selichot services throughout the UK, at concerts though the UK and in Germany, Poland and Sweden and on two major tours of American. Stephen is a seasoned performer who always leaves his audience wanting more.
Stephen was invited to conduct the Young Chamber Orchestra of the Hassadna Music Conservatory in a concert held at the Jerusalem Music Centre in Jerusalem and then subsequently on their visit to London in November 2011.
Stephen is the co-founder of the Yavneh College Singers, indulging his passion for teaching and inspiring children to fulfil their musical potential. He also composed the school song. Stephen also recently worked with students from JCOS and also composed their school song which was recently premiered at the school prize giving.
One of Stephen's biggest strengths lies not only in performing music, but also in composing inspirational and uplifting music, that has been sung worldwide. Stephen began to write music for the Shabbaton Choir in 1993, and has gone on to compose notable pieces such as Bilvavi and Brogez. Stephen is currently working with Raymond Goldstein of the Great Synagogue, Jerusalem. Stephen’s most popular piece, 'Oseh Shalom', commissioned for Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks' Home of Hope CD, has been critically acclaimed worldwide, and continues to build momentum as one of the modern Jewish anthems of our time.
Stephen's latest composition "Anim Z'mirot" (written in honour of Emeritus Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks) was recently premiered at The Barbican Hall, London with Chazanim Lionel Rosenfeld, Shimon Craimer, Jonny Turgel, The Shabbaton Choir, pianists Natalie Robert and Jessica Ansell and a choir of 300 children from 11 Jewish primary schools across the London area.