Stephen studied Music at the University of Southampton before going on to embark on a career in music as a performer and music tutor. He has performed at venues and festivals in the UK, Europe and United Arab Emirates including shows at The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, British Summer Time festival at Hyde Park and support slots for Calvin Harris, Maverick Sabre and The Rolling Stones. In 2012, his band won MTV’s UK Best Band in the House competition. Stephen still teaches in his spare time but has put live performance on hold ever since half of his last band emigrated to America!
Stephen joined the British Council in 2015, initially as the Music team’s Communications Manager, combining a love of music and writing. Stephen now oversees the Music team's presence across websites, newsletters, social media, film and beyond, across genres and regions around the world. In 2019, Stephen worked on the relaunch of the British Council's Selector Radio programme which culminated in the announcement of Jamz Supernova as the show's brand new host.
Stephen has a particular interest in the UK jazz and improvised music scene, a growing interest in folk and alt-folk music and an ongoing Beatles habit which shows no signs of abaiting.