Early vocal studies in the 1980s led to a number of important tenor roles for Stephen Lawrence, including Albert Herring and Tom Rakewell. Later he turned to conducting which he studied at St Petersburg Conservatoire in Russia.
Returning to Cambridge in 1997 he began teaching singing as a temporary measure. At the same time conducting the Cambridge University Operatic Society in The Rake’s Progress, Orfeo, and Dido and Aeneas, as well as other works in Cambridge and Essex.
In 2010 Stephen began studying singing again with John Upperton in Lewisham,and is now engaged in furthering his career as a solo singer. He’s made frequent appearances in and around Cambridge performing Les Fables de Fontaine by Ivan Moody at Fitzwilliam College, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Haydn oratorios, and songs by Strauss and Wagner with the Cambridge Sinfonietta.
In 2011 he gave the world premiere of Joe Conway’s songcycle Laureate in Love for the John Masefield Society in Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Stephen is a vegan cook with an interest in meditation and philosophy, particularly the philosophy of consciousness. He speaks Russian fluently.