After initial training with Arthur Pickles, Katrina George and Philip Kubilius, Stephen graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1998 following studies with the pianist-composer Philip Martin.
Whilst there, Stephen won the David Brookes Piano Competition, the Rena Kellaway Piano Competition and the Accompanists prize in the Reginald Vincent Lieder Competition. With Swingle singer Wendy Nieper he formed the duo, Two’s Company, which toured extensively throughout the U.K through the Live Music Now! Scheme, of which Stephen was the Midlands Regional Director for a time.
For seven years Stephen was an accompanist and musical director on the staff of the Birmingham School of Acting. He is regularly a Musical Director at venues including the Crescent Theatre, Birmingham; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Norbury Theatre, Droitwich; Rose Theatre, Kidderminster; Swan Theatre, Worcester etc.
In 2003 Stephen launched the Malvern Hills Piano Holiday, a summer school aimed at adult amateur pianists of all calibres who were seeking a vacation and quality tuition, (tutors on the course have included Philip Martin, Vanessa Latarche, Ben Frith, David Quigley and Michael Blackmore), without the pressure associated with many of the more traditional courses. Artistically a success, the 2006 course featured in Alexander Waughs BBC documentary, Passion of the Piano.