Our Musical Director

Steve Cowperthwaite was born in 1956 in Newcastle, and brought up in nearby Hexham, Northumberland. During his formative years he was a member of the choir at Hexham Abbey, and there he became Organ Scholar. He read Music with Applied Physics at Surrey University, while studying the Organ under Philip Moore and Gerald Gifford.

He returned to Hexham to teach Music (after a post-graduate year at Newcastle University) before moving to Bromsgrove to teach at North Bromsgrove High School, first as Head of Music and latterly as Assistant Headteacher. He has conducting experience with a wide range of choirs and ensembles.

Now retired from teaching, he is Director of Music at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove and enjoys regular escapes to Scottish Islands!