Steve comes from good bassoon playing stock. Both his father and his sister play the instrument, so he grew up thinking it was normal. After a rigorous musical training as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, Steve continued his bassoon studies with John Burness and then Ian Cuthill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Steve has been principal bassoon of Prometheus Orchestra since it was founded. He says he enjoys the high standard of playing and camaraderie across all sections of the Orchestra. Some memorable highlights have been the performances of Haydn symphonies, the Mozart Mass in C MInor and Verdi Requiem.
Steve is in demand as a freelance player across the region. He has a handful of pupils who have been getting gratifyingly high practical exam results.
So far so musical, but at heart Steve is a craftsman with an obsession for tools and materials. Making stuff has become the cornerstone of his professional and personal life. He progressed from making architectural models to a full-sized house and runs a thriving woodwind repair workshop, caring for the instruments of some of London’s top bassoonists.