Stephen Bell
Artistic Director


Born in Bury, Lancashire, Stephen Bell studied conducting at the Royal College of Music under the renowned conductor Norman Del Mar, before taking up the position of Principal French horn with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

In recent years, Stephen has found himself increasingly in demand as a conductor for a wide variety of leading orchestras whom he now regularly conducts, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra, Guildford Philharmonic, Brighton Philharmonic, London Gala Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia and Elgar Chamber Orchestra. 

In 2010 Stephen made his début as conductor with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in the BBC Proms in the Park and the Southbank Sinfonia, with BBC Concert  Orchestra members for Friday Night is Music Night. Future engagements include all the orchestras listed above and also Brighton Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra. 

A busy conducting schedule now affords Stephen the opportunity to conduct a diverse repertoire both at home and abroad, in venues such as Istanbul, Toronto and London.