We’re proud to have had him as part of Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir for 24 years now – with much of this time spent conducting our choir and taking it from strength to strength!
His musical career of pianist, organist, arranger and conductor – particularly of male voice choirs spans some 37 years. All of this besides working a busy job sorting out the finances for the Archdiocese from offices behind St Chad’s cathedral in Birmingham.
Steve first joined Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir in 1979 as a chorister, swiftly becoming assistant conductor and pianist. With a short three year hiatus to be Musical Director of the Dunlop Operatic Society, he returned to BIMVC as the fully fledged conductor in 1992.
It’s not only our choir that Steve has extensive experience keeping in line! He’s been called on to conduct numerous massed choirs and ensembles. The biggest of these was when he lead 80,000 people marching to Cannon Hill Park in support of the Rover workers in a chorus of You Will Never Walk Alone in 2000.
That year was also our centenary celebration held at Symphony Hall where Steve conducted a 350 choir, and with a reputation for producing great choral concerts, he was also called on to share the conducting for a 300 strong English Association of Male Voice Choir (EAMVC) concerts in 2007 and 2008 and will share the conducting again next month in Worcester Cathedral.
2010 saw Steve lead a 300 plus choir to celebrate the Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir’s 110th anniversary concert in Symphony Hall.
Having multiple strings to his bow, Steve has also been music director for a number of The Birmingham St George’s Day Association concerts - the most recent in 2012.
Not only on the stage, Steve has appeared on television and radio, with interviews recently for not only local broadcast channel, Big Centre TV, but also BBC WM – where he managed to get reporter Daz Hales to sing with the choir!