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B. Mus (Hons), FTCL, PGCE
Stephen began his career in brass bands as a member of the Agnes Street Band from Belfast where he was Principal Trombone. He studied music at Queen's University, Belfast, highlights of which included being awarded a Harty Scholarship. This enabled travel to London to receive lessons from Alfred Flaszynski, the then legendary Principal trombone of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Stephen decided to move into teaching and completed a PGCE at Stranmills College, Belfast before spending three years as a freelance peripatetic brass tutor in the Greater Belfast area. A move into the classroom followed in 1985 and 17 years as an assistant music teacher at Belfast Royal Academy. A move as Head of Music at Belfast High School followed this in 2002, up to his retirement from classroom reaching in 2017. Stephen began his conducting career shortly after becoming a teacher and has held conducting positions with the 55th Old Boys band, the Agnes Street Band and the Laganvale Band. He has also worked with several bands both in Northern Ireland and in the South of Ireland. Since 2003 he has been the conductor of the 1st Old Boys Band from Belfast, enjoying much success in local contests and leading the band to four European Brass Band Championships. He was adjudicator for the Irish National Championships in Dublin in 2011 (all sections). Stephen has been an examiner for GCE music with CCEA since 2000. He is the Northern Ireland regional representative of the British Trombone Society.
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