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
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.