Stephen Deazley, Artistic Director
Born in Belfast, now living in Scotland, Stephen Deazley is a composer and renowned educationalist. Widely acknowledged across the UK as a champion of music for children and young people, Stephen is a former director of education for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a recipient of a British Academy of Composers Award for his education and community work. Constantly in demand as a creator of innovative new work for young musicians, he recently made his debut at Royal Albert Halls with a fanfare commissioned to open Music For Youth’s 2012 National and School Proms.
Stephen is an unstoppable collaborator whose projects and interests take him far beyond the concert platform, as a creator and producer of new work with dancers, filmmakers, circus performers, writers, and theatre artists. Recent commissions include youth operas for Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera (2011), a gothic mini-opera performed on a bus for Sound Festival (2012), a music and film commission for Glasgow Music, a cabaret work for the cellist and singer Matthew Sharp, and a dance commission with choreographer Andy Howitt, premiered at Dance Live 2012. In spring 2013 BBC Radio 4 broadcast a major new work for orchestra, chorus and actors, his second collaboration with the poet and librettist Michael Symmons-Roberts.
By the end of 2013, A Little Book of Monsters – Stephen’s second songbook created with the poet Matt Harvey – had been performed by more than 2,500 young singers across the UK, with performances at St Magnus International Festival, The Sage Gateshead, Welsh National Opera and Deal Festival of Music and the Arts.