Musical Director - Stephen Hope

Our Musical Director is Stephen Hope, whose knowledge of music and dedication to his art never fails to uplift and inspire us.

Stephen Hope

Stephen Hope started his musical career as a chorister in Canterbury. He became a music scholar at King's School before going on to read music as an organ scholar at Bristol University where he specialised in keyboard performance and conducting. Since then, Stephen has had wide experience of conducting with the London Chamber Players, Northern Ballet Theatre, English Northern Philharmonia, Scottish Opera and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with such artists as Marilyn Hill-Smith, John Noble, Frank Edgerton, Jack Brymer, Ronald Smith, Sir Harry Secombe, Clarence Myerscough, and Roy Castle.

He also enjoys working with young people, directing courses for the Royal Schools of Church Music, conducting Sutton Girls' Choir, the Croydon Chamber Choir and the Shipway Youth Orchestra. Stephen has been musical director of the Carshalton Pantomime Company for many shows and has worked with many operatic societies south of the Thames including Bel Canto Opera who perform annually in Crawley.

Stephen has also worked as a radio presenter on CFM Radio, and as a guest on the Clive Bull Show on LBC. His own one-man show 'Face the Music with Hope' has been presented throughout the UK with great success.

In 1988 he created the Alkan International Piano Competition. In 1989 and 1990, Stephen was awarded a coveted Fellowship to the Conductors' Institute of America where he studied with a number of distinguished conductors including Morton Gould, Lukas Foss, Daniel Lewis and Harold Farberman.

In addition, he maintains a parallel career as an organist in his posts as Director of Music at St. John's, Belmont, and as an accompanist and a member of the music staff at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom.