Stephen Calow

Award: Leggett Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Tuba

Location: Royal College of Music

Stephen is from Leicestershire, and is a student of the Royal College of Music, London. He completed his undergraduate degree in 2015, graduating with BMus(Hons) first class and is now studying for a Master of Performance Postgraduate degree at the RCM, specialising in orchestral Tuba playing. He is an Michael Quinn award scholar at RCM, and is a Help Musicians UK Charles Leggett award holder as well as being generously supported by the Edith Murphy Foundation. He studies tuba with Owen Slade, Lee Tsarmaklis (LPO) and Pete Smith.

During his undergraduate at RCM he has been involved in many high profile events, from playing in the RCM Symphony Orchestras under Sir Roger Norrington and Vladimir Jurowski to performing chamber music with world renowned piccolo trumpet soloist Matthias Höfs, of German Brass.

Stephen has played in masterclasses with Sergio Carolino, Patrick Harrild (LSO), Pete Smith (Philharmonia), Kevin Morgan (RPO), Oren Marshall, and Ben Thomson of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has also taken part in orchestral sit-in schemes through RCM with the ENO, Philharmonia Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic orchestra, and is currently tuba player on the BBC Symphony Orchestra pathways scheme. He is a recipient of the Herbert Samuel Memorial Prize for Tuba at the RCM.

Stephen is a exponent of Brass Chamber music and is a founding member of Kensington Brass, an award winning professional brass ensemble formed in 2012 from students at the RCM. The ensemble keeps a busy schedule of recitals and residences which have seen the ensemble travel to Utrecht, Netherlands to perform at the Orlando Festival, as well as performing at several charity events throughout the year such as the London Marathon. They will soon be recording their first commercial record.