Stephen studied Music at the University of Southampton before going onto teach guitar, bass and music theory and perform as a bass player in a number of UK bands. He has performed at venues and festivals across the UK, the French Alps and the UAE including shows at The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park and support slots for Calvin Harris and Maverick Sabre. In 2013, his band won MTV’s UK Best Band in the House competition.
Stephen joined the British Council in 2015 as the Music team’s Communications Manager, combining his love of music and writing. Stephen now oversees the Music team's print and online presence across websites, newsletters, social media, film and beyond, across genres and regions.
Stephen has a particular interest in the UK jazz and improvised music scene and his musical heroes include Jeff Buckley and John Lennon – he's also a Beatles buff.