Broadcasting on Radio, TV and Film
Most of Stephen's broadcast work has been for his favourite medium, radio.
From his first appearance on Radio 3's CD Review in 1987, he has gone on to take part in several hundred radio programmes, most recently concentrating on documentaries about composers and musicians, and particularly on Radio 3's weekly Discovering Music series. He is also presenter on the Classic Arts podcast series Archive Classics.
However Stephen has also made numerous appearances on TV, contributing as guest interviewee on BBC4 coverage of The Proms, ITV’s The South Bank Show, and more recently on BBC1’s The One Show. He also made an important contribution, both as commentator and narrator, to Tony Palmer’s controversial film about the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, Oh Thou Transcendent, and more recently to Palmer's film about Gustav Holst, In the Bleak Midwinter.
Radio 3 - Various weekdays
As the presenter forDiscovering Music, Stephen explores pieces of music in detail, exploring their backgrounds and playing extracts to help discover what makes them work. Programmes are either based around a featured work or cover a musical topic like melody, harmony or rhythm. Discovering Music has been nominated for Sony and RPS awards.
At the moment Radio 3 is not commissioning any new episodes of Discovering Music. However, past programmes are available on the Discovering Music Archive
Oh Thou Transcendent
In this first ever full-length film biography of the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, produced by the multi-award winning director, TONY PALMER, Stephen adds his voice to those arguing that Vaughan Williams is ‘the most misunderstood of all the great twentieth century British composers’.