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Stephen King

Stephen King studied at Trinity College of Music, under Gladys Puttick, and then at Sussex University, where he was organ scholar under John Birch. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of eighteen, and holds the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Having actively been involved in the musical life of Brentwood for many years - notably with Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society, the Aurelian Ensemble, and the Stondon Singers - he became organist of Brentwood Cathedral in 1992. He has taken a full part in the Cathedral's musical programme, as organist, pianist and conductor, and accompanied the Cathedral Choir on its visits to Notre Dame, Paris, and to St Peter's Basilica, Rome. He has a keen interest in works for organ with solo instruments, and has taken part in many performances of such works. He also enjoys off-the-beaten-track repertoire, and for some years regularly appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and St John's Smith Square, as organist with the Collegium Musicum of London in rarely performed music, notably in the Herbert Howells centenary concert given on the exact anniversary day of 17th October 1992.

In 2007 he directed a concert of John Gardner's music, in the composer's presence, at Brentwood Cathedral. Earlier that year, as part of the composer's 90th birthday celebrations, he was honoured to participate in the official birthday concert. His new CD recording of John Gardner's music for organ and brass has just been issued. Stephen King also regularly participates in musical activities in Southend-on-Sea, and is a founding trustee of the Suthend Boys' Choir and Southend Girls' Choir Trust. He undertook some accompanying for the choirs' recent visits to Australia, and America, in venues ranging from the Sydney Opera House to St John's Cathedral, Los Angeles.