Stephen Shepherd

Stephen began learning the saxophone at the age of 12 after starting piano four years earlier. He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2014 with a Masters in Music in Performance (MMus in Performance) studying Saxophone with Kyle Horch, having previously studied with Dr. Angela Space at the University of Southampton for a BA(Hons) in Music. Following his studies Stephen successfully auditioned to join the Corps of Army Music and, after undertaking further training at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall where he was awarded a Cousins Parchment for performance, has been appointed the Principal Saxophonist with the Band of the Scots Guards. In March 2017 he won the Household Divisions Young Musician of the Year Competition.

As a saxophonist Stephen has experience across all genres, regularly giving classical and jazz recitals, most notably performing the concerto version of Pedro Iturralde's Pequena Czarda with the Number One Band of the Household Division at Cadogan Hall, and Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Two Memorials at the Purcell Rooms as part of “The Rest is Noise” festival. He regularly features as a soloist with the Band of the Scots Guards, and with the army has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, and has played live on ITV, BBC 1, and BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' with the Household Division's Saxophone Quartet. He has also performed at Bestival and the Isle of Wight Festival, and played at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, as well as venues such as The O2, Turner Sims Concert Hall, St. James's Piccadilly, The Forge, Camden, and Symphony Hall Birmingham, and abroad in Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Holland.

He is also tenor saxophonist in the Household Division Saxophone Quartet whose performing highlights include the world premiere of Adam Gorb's Let Them Play at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, and Thierry Escaich’s Tango Virtuoso with choreography at Cadogan Hall. 

Stephen's orchestral experience includes Principal Saxophonist with the London Military Band as well as performances with Shadwell Opera Company, the Facade Ensemble, and Riot Ensemble.

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