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Stephen Hose

Piano (Keyboard Connection)

                                                BIOGRAPHY, February 2019

Stephen trained as a pianist at the Royal Academy of Music, where he held a Vaughan Williams scholarship.  He has had a varied career which has included performing chamber music and solo recitals as well as being Musical Director and/or pianist for a range of opera, musicals, plays and TV. 

He is currently Pianist in Residence at Lauderdale House performing monthly lunchtime recitals, and has performed at most of the London concert halls in addition to appearances in France, Sweden, Ireland , Germany and the USA.   

Stephen has worked extensively as a Musical Director and conductor in London and regional theatre.  He was Music Director and pianist leading a chamber ‘band’ for The Merry Opera Company from 2010 to 2016 working on new and accessible interpretations of classic works as well as new pieces -  The Magic Flute (Riverside Studios and on tour 2013 ), a ‘burlesque’ La Traviata (Upstairs at the Gatehouse London, South England tour and Malaysia) and Troy Boy (aka La Belle Helene) - all directed by Kit Hesketh Harvey); Barber of Seville; and Kiss Me Figaro and Around the World in Thirty Two Arias for which he also did the arrangements.

He collaborated with Director John Ramster to create a staged production of Handel’s Messiah with 12 singers who moved around the church throughout the performances earning regular standing ovations.  He was Music Director & Conductor for over 50 touring performances including St John’s Smith Square.

He was Music Director for Opera UK from 2005 to 2015. His role ranged from conducting full orchestras, leading chamber ensembles from the piano and solo accompaniment.  Productions included  La Traviata (London and English Tour), The Barber of Seville (Bloomsbury Theatre & Irish tour), A Night at the Opera (Ireland tour), Cosi fan Tutte (Bloomsbury Theatre and touring UK and Ireland), The Merry Widow,  El Amor Brujo and School For Lovers (also at the Cardiff International Festival of Music Theatre), An Evening with Puccini and Keep the Home Fires Burning (a World War 1 compilation)   Stephen also worked regularly with Opera UK’s soloists in chamber recitals across London.

Stephen was Musical Director and Associate for five productions of ITV’s Christmas Glory, filmed variously from New York, Llandaff Cathedral and Westminster Abbey and featuring stars from opera and pop including Sir James Galway, Charlotte Church, Montserrat Caballe, Robin Gibb and Bryn Terfil.  Other TV work includes The Choir (BBC2), the People’s Passion featuring Jessye Norman and Sir Thomas Allen for the BBC and for Twenty Twenty TV’s documentary for Channel 4 on the Titanic. 

Stephen was also Chorus Master for Jessye Norman’s concerts of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Songs at the Barbican Theatre London and the ancient theatre at Epidavros, Greece.  Outdoor work has included conducting the Mardi Gras Orchestra which launched the Mardi Gras Arts Festival and performed at the Classic FM Stage, and The Lost Colony at the 2,000 seat outdoor theatre on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, USA.  

Other work has ranged from working on new musicals (Musical Supervisor for Casanova at Greenwich Playhouse & The Kings Head) and devising musical shows (Coloured Lights at Jermyn Street Theatre & Greenwich Playhouse) to 2 years at the English Theater of Frankfurt, plus work at the Churchill Theatre Bromley, Birmingham Rep, Plymouth Theatre Company, the Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, Nell Gwynne Theatre Hereford and The Swan Theatre Worcester.  Productions have included – Whistle Down The Wind, Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Side By Side By Sondheim, Barnum, Godspell, Blood Brothers, Little Shop of Horrors, Jack the Ripper and West Side Story . 

Stephen regularly plays for ballet for Swiss Cottage Dance (since 2005) and Chelsea Ballet Schools (since 1999).  He also enjoys accompanying cabaret artists, and was the resident pianist for the host for Cabaret in the House at Lauderdale House from 2004 to 2017.


2010 - 2016



















Music Director/Conductor for Handel’s Messiah for The Merry Opera Company’s annual UK tour of their staged production
Music Director/Pianist/Arranger for Around the World in Thirty Two Arias for the Merry Opera Company on tour
Music Director/Pianist for Barber of Seville for the Merry Opera Company’s tour
Music Director/Pianist for Keep the Home Fires Burning  for Opera UK on tour
Music Director/Pianist/Arranger for Kiss me Figaro! for the Merry Opera Company at The Riverside Studios and on tour
Music Director/Pianist (with chamber ensemble) for The Magic Flute (adapted by and directed by Kit Hesketh Harvey) for The Merry Opera Company at Riverside Studios and on tour
Music Director/Pianist (with chamber ensemble) for La Traviata (new translation by Kit Hesketh Harvey) for The Merry Opera Company at Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre,London (4 weeks), touring the UK and 3 weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Music Director/Pianist (with chamber ensemble) for Troy Boy (new translation of La Belle Helene by Kit Hesketh Harvey) for The Merry Opera Company at Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre, London (4 weeks) and touring the UK
Music Director/Pianist (with chamber ensemble) for Orpheus Downunder for Unexpected Opera at Croydon Warehouse (4 weeks), Scoop and touring the UK
Music Director/Pianist (with chamber ensemble) for Barber of Savile Row for Unexpected Opera at Croydon Warehouse (4 weeks), Scoop and touring the UK
Music Director/Pianist (with string quartet) for Barber of Seville for OperaUK
touring Ireland and at The Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Music Director/Pianist for a Night at the Opera for OperaUK touring Ireland
Music Director/Pianist (with string quartet) for Cosi Fan Tutte for OperaUK
touring Ireland and England
Music Director/Pianist (with string quartet) for Cosi Fan Tutte for OperaUK in September/October at Blackheath Concert Halls London and the Charter Theatre Preston
Conductor and Music Director (with full orchestra) for The Merry Widow for OperaUK in October at the Bloomsbury Theatre
Music Director/Pianist for School for Lovers (Cosi Fan Tutte highlights) and El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla at Bloomsbury Theatre, London in April and Cardiff International Festival of Music Theatre October for OperaUK
Musical Director/Pianist for Love, Lust & Betrayal (an Evening with Giancomo Puccini) at the Bloomsbury Theatre for Opera UK in April
Conductor of full orchestra for inaugural season for Opera UK (Cosi fan Tutte) at Questors Theatre and Christ College Hospital Horsham, Director: Jane McCulloch
Accompanist and Musical Director for concerts with soprano Scheherazade Pesante (Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Barbican Church, Leighton House, Lauderdale House)
Accompanist and Musical Director for soprano Mary Curtis (Ramour Theatre, Carlingford
Heritage Centre, Ireland
Conductor for Opera Della Luna's new adaptation of Lucia di Lammermoor translation and direction by Jeff Clarke, orchestrations by Richard Balcombe
Pianist for Opera Italiana Concert at Dublin Festival and Royal Overseas League
Pianist for Opera Italiana Concerts at Goodwood House, Lancaster House, The Arts Club and Brighton Royal Pavilion
Chorus Master for touring production of Il Turco In Italia
Music Director for London City Opera productions (all directed by Barrie Wilmore):
The Marriage of Figaro- Westminster Theatre, London (full orchestra)
Lucia di Lammermoor - Bloomsbury Theatre, London (full orchestra)
Die Fledermaus - Provincial Tour (pianist)
Pianist for The Telephone by Menotti at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Repetiteur for Senseless (Opera by Francis Millward) - performance at I.C.A. followed by tour arranged by Lumiere & Son
Full-time Repetiteur for Opera Roundabout (repertoire included The Marriage of  Figaro,
Don Pasquale, Faust, The Dinner Engagement

                                                        MUSICAL THEATRE

                                               Musical Director/Conductor unless otherwise indicated
                                                             * indicates Piano Musical Director
May 2009

May/Jun 2008
Apr 2008
Aug/Sep 2007
Mar to Jun 2007       
Nov 2006
Apr/Jun 2006
Nov 2005
May 2005
Apr 2004
Apr/July 2003
Dec 1999
Aug 1999

Jul 1999
Jun 1999
Jul 1998

Mar 1998
Oct 1997
Jul 1997
Jun 1997
May 1997

Mar 1997
Sep/Oct 1996
May 1996

Oct94/Jul 95
Jun 1994
May 1994
Jun 1993
Mar 1993
Nov 1992
Jun 1992
Jun 1992
Dec 1991
Jun 1991
Jun 1990

May 1989
Jun 1988
Oct 1984
Apr 1984
Mar 1984
Oct 1980
Apr 1980
Sep 1979
Coloured Lights*
A Celebration of Kander & Ebb
Olé: El Libro Español
Coloured Lights*
Footprints of the Giants*
Seasonal Sauce*
The Lost Colony
Jack the Ripper*
Fingask Follies*
Hellfire Corner*
George’s Marvellous Medicine*   
Whistle Down The Wind
Ellington Sacred Songs

Ellington Sacred Songs
Chorus Line
Everything's Terrific, Help!

After The Ball*
Joan of Arc*
Under Milkwood*
Sweeney Todd
Class of '97*

Most Happy Fella*
Chicago & South Pacific*
Taking Off (Class of '96)*

Blood Brothers*
Little Shop of Horrors*
Meet Me In St.Louis
Kiss Me Kate
Anything Goes
Devised Production*
Sweeney Todd
Bye Bye Birdie*
West Side Story
The Best Little Whorehouse
in Texas
My Fair Lady
Sawdust and Spangles*
Stop the World*
Side by Side by Sondheim*
Jermyn Street Theatre

Greenwich Playhouse
Bloomsbury Theatre (OperaUK)
Greenwich Playhouse
Lauderdale House
Watermill Theatre, Newbury
Roanoke Islan, North Carolina USA
Jermyn Street Theatre
Scottish Castle Tour
The Hall for Cornwall
Birmingham Stage Company     
Churchill Theatre, Bromley
Chorus Master;
Epidavros Amphitheatre, Greece
Chorus Master; The Barbican
Barnet College
Musical Associate,
The Electric Theatre, Guildford
The Electric Theatre, Guildford
Guildford Playhouse
The Electric Theatre, Guildford
Miskin Theatre, Dartford
Guildford Playhouse & Fortune Theatre,
London (Guildford School of Acting)    
Guildford School of Acting
Rose Bruford College
Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford &
Whitehall Theatre, London
English Theater, Frankfurt   
English Theater, Frankfurt   
Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Willyots Centre,
Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Guildford School of Acting
Mountview Theatre School
Bloomsbury Theatre, London    
Mountview Theatre School
Mountview Theatre School
Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Bloomsbury Theatre, London
Birmingham Rep.Ass. to Anthony Bowles
Kenton Theatre, Henley
Mountview Theatre School
Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke
Plymouth Theatre Company
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Tim McArthur

Tim McArthur
Jane McCulloch
Tim McArthur
Tim McArthur
Helen Watson
Jane McCulloch
Tim McArthur
Helen Molchanoff
Marie Macneill
Graeme Messer
Nick Bly
Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman
Rob Alexander
P Wilmott/ C Walker

Marie Macneill
Jane Mc Culloch
Jane Mc Culloch
Robbie McGovern
Jane Mc Culloch

Lynne McVernon
Sally Marshall
Peter Craze

Mark Urquhart
Mark Urquhart
Rex Doyle
Robin Sherringham    
Graham Howes
Rex Doyle
Jonathan Butterill
Graham Howes
Gill Meguido
Gill Meguido
Richard Evans
Richard Evans

Nigel Nicholson
Chris Pickles

John Bromley
Tony Craven
Chris Hayes
Chris Hayes

                                     PRODUCTIONS AS MUSICAL DIRECTOR / TV

Dec 2001
Dec 2000
Dec 1999
Mar 1999              
Pianist for new documentary on the Titanic for Twenty Twenty TV for Channel 4
Accompanist for The Choir for Channel 4
Christmas Glory Musical Director for ETV for BBC1
Christmas Glory Musical Associate for ETV    for BBC1
Christmas Glory Musical Associate for SVC    for ITV   
The People's Passion    Musical Associate for SVC for BBC1
Gareth Malone
John Michael Phillips
John Michael Phillips
Derek Bailey
Tony Cash/John Scott 

The Christmas Glory and People’s Passion productions featured Jessye Norman, Charlotte Church, Montserrat Caballe, Bryn Terfil, Robin Gibb, Roberto Alagna, Sir Thomas Allen, Ron Moody, Robert Hardy and Kevin Whately, and were filmed in New York, Westminster Abbey and Llandaff Cathedral.


Dec 2006
Nov/Jan 96/7
Dec 1993
Dec 1992
Dec 1984
Dec 1983
Dec/Jan 80/1
Dec/Jan 79/80
A Christmas Carol   
Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots
Babes in the Wood
Jack & The Beanstalk
Robin Hood   
Marina Theatre, Lowestoft
Palace Theatre, Watford
Guildford School of Acting
Grays, Essex
Mountview Theatre School    
Torch Theatre, Milford Haven
Nell Gwynne Theatre, Hereford
Nell Gwynne Theatre, Hereford
Bruce James
Gerry Tebbutt
Alan Brown
Peter Bridge
John Bromley
Andrew Manley
Don Houghton
Don Houghton


  • Pianist in Residence at Lauderdale House since May 2017 performing monthly lunchtime recitals
  • Regular playing as a soloist, with chamber groups, in orchestra pits, and as an accompanist to singers and choirs
  • Knowledge of a diverse range of styles - classical and chamber music repertoire, opera, contemporary composers,  musical theatre
  • Orchestral playing

Work includes:

Recitals: Include Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St. Martins In The Field, St James Piccadilly, touring in Britain and appearances in France and Germany

Chamber Music: Amati Piano Trio:
Member since 1984 - concerts include Music Clubs, Festivals such as Leominster and Cheltenham, and London appearances and touring

Contemporary Music: Regular concert work (including premieres) with different instrumentalists - venues include Purcell Room, British Music Information Centre


Resident pianist/MD for hosts (Valerie Cutko, Tim McArthur) for Lauderdale House Cabaret in the House from Autumn 2004 to Summer 2017.
Resident pianist/MD for hosts (Sadie Nine, Tim McArthur) Summer Divas at Jermyn Street Theatre, 2004.  


Royal Academy of Music 1969-1974

L.R.A.M. Teachers
G.R.S.M. & Professional Certificate          

Frances Simms Award and Frederick Westlake Prize
Vaughan Williams Scholarship
L.R.A.M. Performers

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