Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens

Ian Stephens (b.1974) is a composer of vocal, chamber and orchestral music. Born in Sidmouth, Devon, he studied music at Bristol University, and is based near Liverpool, where he takes a full part in the musical life of the city and the region as a composer, performer, lecturer and teacher.

His music has been widely performed in the UK and further afield by ensembles including the BBC Singers, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2004 he was shortlisted for the British Composer Awards for Crosby Symphony Overture. He was among ten composers commissioned to write a piece for the 10th anniversary of Ensemble 10/10 in 2007.

Super Slow Way: A Rhapsody to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, an 85-minute epic for 3 narrators, 3 soloists, 3 choirs and brass band, to texts by Ian McMillan, was performed in Blackburn in October 2016. We're Going on a Bear Hunt, his children's entertainment for narrator and orchestra, was performed by the RLPO, with Michael Rosen narrating, at the Royal Albert Hall on 1 September 2013, as part of the BBC Proms.
 
Recent works include choral music (On Goes the River, Cecilia Speaks, Three Cornish Songs), chamber works (Oboe Quintet, Heart Variations, Springhead Echoes, Clarinet Quintet) and works for solo piano (Quantum Dots).

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