Solidarity through song

Biography

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. This year he celebrates is silver anniversary! 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 taken part in  8 Solidarity Through Song tours to Israel,  25 consecutive Selichot services throughout the UK, and appeared in concerts in the UK, Germany, Poland, Sweden and on three major tours of American. Stephen is a seasoned performer who always leaves his audience wanting more. 

In 2011 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.

Stephen is the co-founder  of the Yavneh College Singers, indulging his passion for teaching and inspiring students to fulfil their musical potential. He also composed the school song. Stephen has also worked with students from JCoSS and composed their school song.

In 2014 Stephen joined the staff of Immanuel College as Director of Choral Music where he teaches music and directs a number of different choral groups. He recently composed the music for the senior school song and has composed a number of other songs for the various choral groups at the college. 

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 1996, and has gone on to compose many notable pieces.  Stephen’s most popular piece, 'Oseh Shalom', commissioned for Emeritus Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks' Home of Hope CD, has been critically acclaimed worldwide, and continues to build momentum (with  2.6 millions hits on you tube!) as one of the modern Jewish anthems of our time.


In June 2013 Stephen's composition "Anim Z'mirot" (written in honour of Emeritus Chief Rabbi, Lord  Sacks) was premiered to a capacity audience 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.

Stephen continues to compose music and for the last five years has been working with Raymond Goldstein of Jerusalem on the choral arrangements of his music. 13 of Stephen's compositions can be heard on "Anim Z'mirot" an album released by the Shabbaton Choir. It is available by going to www.shabbatonchoir.co.uk.

In August 2016, Stephen became Director of Music at Immanuel College, Bushey Hertfordshire teaching all Key Stage 3 students and the GCSE classes. Stephen also conducts four choirs at Immanuel College including the Staff Choir. He also runs the school orchestra. 







 

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