Musical Director for NCS from 2002 till 2014
Stephen Hope was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School and the King's School Canterbury before continuing his training as an organ scholar at Bristol University, specialising in keyboard performance and conducting.
He has worked extensively as both pianist and conductor with a number of societies and orchestras. Stephen maintains a parallel career as organist in his posts as Director of Music at St. John's Belmont and the Streatham Liberal Synagogue, as well as being on the music staff of Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom. He has directed many of the leading operatic societies in the South of England.
In 2002 Stephen formed the Sinfonia da Chiesa and in 2003 created the Sussex Festival Choir. Each year the festival concerts have raised money for the hospice movement. Stephen has toured both in the UK and abroad. He has organised several overseas trips for the Sussex Festival Choir, visiting Florence, Rome, Bruges, Rouen, Venice, Barcelona, Krakow and Salzburg.
In July 2013 Stephen Hope conducted Mozart's C minor Mass and Requiem in Arundel Cathedral and in July 2014 Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, with members of Northwood Choral Society taking part.