Biography

Stephen has long been considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. A house pianist at London’s BFI Southbank for thirty years, he has played at all the major UK venues and recorded music for many DVD releases of silent films. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates other instruments into his performances, sometimes simultaneously.

He regularly performs internationally and in recent years his accompaniments have met with acclaim at film festivals in Pordenone, Bologna, San Francisco, Telluride, Paris, Cannes, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Shanghai, Istanbul, Berlin and Vienna.

In 2011 and 2012, Stephen was commissioned to compose ensemble scores for the London Film Festival Archive Galas of The First Born and The Manxman. In 2012 his accompaniment for Rotaie won the main prize at the Bonn Sommerkino Festival while for three years, from 2014 to 2016, he has been named best solo accompanist in the Silent London end-of-year poll.

Stephen’s music can be heard on the following DVDs:

Buster Keaton: The Complete Short Films 1917-1923
(released by Lobster Films, Kino Lorber, Eureka Video)

A Cottage on Dartmoor, Primitives and Pioneers, RW Paul: the Collected Films, Mitchell and Kenyon: Edwardian Sports, Tales From the Shipyard
(all released by The British Film Institute)

Six et Demi, Onze, La Glace a Trois Faces
(included in Jean Epstein Premiere Vague, released by La Cinematheque Francaise)

Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies
(released by Flicker Alley, Lobster Films)

The Nail in the Boot
(released by Edition Filmmuseum)

Roald Amundsen’s “Maud” expedition 1922-1925, The Airship Norge’s Flight Across the Arctic Ocean
(released by The National Library of Norway)

Treasures from American Archives V
(various films, released by The National Film Preservation Foundation)

The Battle of the Somme
(released by The Imperial War Museum)

Chaplin at Keystone
(released by Flicker Alley, BFI, Lobster Films)

The Soul of Youth
(included in Treasures from American Archives III, released by The National Film Preservation Foundation)

Max Davidson Comedies, Der Bettler vom Kolner Dom (short film ‘extras’)
(released by Edition Filmmunich)