Stephen left St John’s College York in 1966 and took up the post of Assistant Director of Music at Pocklington School and also, the following year, that of Organist and Choirmaster at the Parish Church. In 1969 he formed the A Cappella Choir, a chamber choir of 23 to 30 voices and, in 1982, the Pocklington Players, an orchestra which gave regular concerts as well as accompanying Pocklington School’s Choral Society. He founded and, for many years, ran a flourishing Chamber Music Society.
In 1989 he was appointed Director of Music at King Edward VI School, Stratfordupon-Avon and in 1990 assumed the conductorship of Stratford Choral Society. From 1991 to February 2006 he was Deputy Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church Stratford. For thirty years he was on the staff of courses for choristers run by the RSCM and for which he also devised and delivered courses for choir directors. An accomplished organist and pianist, he has for many years composed music, including a major choral work Time’s Glory commissioned by the Stratford Choral Society to mark the millennium, which received its second performance in 2003 and Triptych, an orchestral work, commissioned by the Leamington Sinfonia in 2001.