Location: England, United Kingdom
Originally from Grangemouth, Central Scotland, Steve initially studied a B.A. (Hons.) in Film & Media Studies at the University of Stirling, before moving to Newcastle Upon Tyne where he gained First Class Honours on the B.Mus Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music programme at The Sage, Gateshead. Achieving a first in all disciplines, Steve focused on Piano Performance as his Major study, with Composition and Arranging as a Minor option.
On completing his music qualification, and having taught and performed as a vocalist/pianist in numerous and varied settings for many years, Steve began his work towards becoming a Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training™. Estill is a powerful vocal training model that allows us to comprehensively understand the anatomy of the voice and how it affects the way we sing. After attending Level 1 and Level 2 Courses, a Vocal Anatomy and Acoustics workshop, a Pedagogy workshop and then passing the Vocal Anatomy paper as part of his certification, Steve qualified as a CMT in October 2012.
Steve then went on to lecture on the Rock & Pop HNC/D courses at Motherwell College, where he also provided vocal coaching on the B.A. Musical Theatre and Acting degree programmes. He has worked as a peripatetic vocal and piano tutor in schools and sixth form colleges, and maintains a busy private practice in which he works with professional vocalists as well as helping students/clients work towards successful auditions for work across the music industry, in higher education, theatre roles and other musical projects.
Steve is founder and director of Voice of the Town, an adult contemporary music choir which has had great reviews and continues to perform and go from strength to strength. Indeed, such is the success of the Newcastle group, there is now a Voice of the Town in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Alongside his tutoring and musical directing work, Steve remains a busy performer as both a vocalist and pianist. He has performed at renowned venues and music festivals across the UK, including The Gateshead International Jazz Festival in 2010 and 2011, and the Stockton Jazz Festival in 2009. He has also given performances for organisations such as The Prince’s Trust, the BBC, Edinburgh’s Forth Radio, the Royal Air Force, and to a host of celebrities at various events. Furthermore, he has been fortunate enough to play with Jim Mullen, of the Average White Band, and in the summer of 2013, is pianist on the Martha Reeves & The Vandellas UK tour.