Douglas then got Steve involved in the Chapel Choir, where he sang
bass for 20 years. Steve also became part of a young mixed quartet, for
a few years. In 1985 Govenek Choir were formed, at Penzance YMCA, and
he was a founder member. It wasn't long before they needed conducting,
and Steve's limited experience in singing was as much as there was
available! So began his joy in leading singers.
led children's singing groups, and instrumental groups, and began
arranging music for them, and for Govenek Choir. In all he led Govenek
for over 15 years, and in over 530 engagements, whilst singing male
voice all the while. The attitudes and approaches of Douglas Thomas and
Ken Northey, MDs at Newlyn, were major influences, during his 24 years
In 2001 Buccas Four
, a male quartet
from Newlyn, got together. Stephen, David Williams, Graham Warren and
Charles Parke have enjoyed many concerts, rehearsals, and social times
ever since, and it gives great pleasure to them all. In the same year
the Mount's Bay Singers were formed by Sheila Farmer. Stephen has been a
cornerstone of the bass section, and deputy conductor ever since.
the end of 2003, when Mousehole Male Voice Choir were looking for a
Musical Director, Steve applied, and he has led the Choir since early
2004, maintaining a sense of humour, and a joy in the making of music.
His encouraging and positive approach, and the camaraderie and
enthusiasm amongst the members, has seen the membership double in his
time with the Choir.
A feature of Stephen's
time with the Choir has been the variety of music which he has
introduced, as well as the many arrangements he has written for the
Choir, producing a joyful and changing repertoire.
came up with some of the many inspired ideas when Mousehole celebrated
their Centenary, and continues to press and encourage the Choir on to
great singing, and great events!
In the summer
of 2008 the Penzance Orpheus Ladies Choir were desperately searching for
a musical director, and Steve took them on. It has given him a
different challenge, which he has met positively, and the Ladies are now
flourishing, with a changing repertoire, and increasing membership.
In 2012 Steve was selected, along with three other musical directors, to lead the Cornish male voice expedition to the Royal Albert Hall in London. It was a big honour to be asked to take on this task, and it was amazing how well the 600 men sang after just fifteen bi-monthly rehearsals, at either end of the country. The concert took place in November 2013, and delighted the sell-out audience. Mousehole made the most of visiting London by singing at Southwark Cathedral the day before the combined event.
In 2014 Steve was thrilled and honoured to be made a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd, selecting the bardic name of 'Kessenyans Down', which is 'Deep Harmony' in Cornish.
On top of all the musical joys in his life Steve also works full-time for the Cornish Mead Company, in Newlyn. He makes all of their mead wines, bottles it and delivers it. A one man production line! So much joy in life!