Steven’s interest in musical theatre began when he visited London on an English trip and he went to see a show he had never heard of called “Les Misérables”. By the playout music, he was hooked!!
Back at school, he was asked to MD his first show Crazy for You with 3 in the orchestra and loved it so much that he returned back to the school the following year for Blitz. A chance meeting with one of his infant school teachers led him to join South Shields G&S Society as pianist and he played for Chess, as well as a couple of large scale concerts.
From there, he moved to Sunderland Amateur Operatic Society, playing in the orchestra, and as rehearsal pianist, for Evita, Oliver and Annie. He was asked to MD there following Annie and enjoyed MD’ing Me and My Girl, King and I and Carousel. Steven also played for West End Operatic Society for Jesus Christ Superstar, South Shields Musical Productions for Little Shop of Horrors and was the MD for Tynemouth Amateur Operatic Society’s 2007 summer production of Mr Cinders.
In September 2005, Steven joined DMTC as one of the rehearsal pianists. He has enjoyed the challenge of playing for both exciting and unusual productions, such as Titanic – the musical, Company, Gigi and Mack and Mabel. He has also been the musical director since 2008 and both arranged and conducted the music for Noel and Ivor as well as MD’ing Fiddler on the Roof, Scooge the Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Grand Hotel and 42nd Street. Steven is particularly looking forward to the musical challenge of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd.
DMTC have a very high standard of singing and he hopes to be able to maintain that standard. He feels very fortunate to be working alongside Fred, Janet and Kathleen at DMTC who maintain a very high standard of direction and choreography.
Steven has been lucky to have worked with some excellent musical directors who have always encouraged and supported him. He has also worked with some excellent circuit musicians, both on the stage and in the orchestra pit.
In “real life”, Steven is working as a legal adviser at Sunderland Magistrates Court, having completed his law degree studies and sat his Bar finals.