Stephen Pettitt is a music critic and writer on music who since 1980 has been attached at different times to The Times, The Financial Times, the London Evening Standard, the Sunday Express and The Spectator. He currently writes regular CD reviews for the Sunday Times and contributes to Opera and to International Record Review and is also an experienced broadcaster (for BBC Radios 3 and 4, BBC Television, Channel 4 Television, Radio Suisse Romande and Radio France Musique).


He is also a music educationist, impresario and administrator, having undertaken all of those roles in his recent five-year stint as Director of Music at Benslow Music Trust in Hitchin. There he was responsible for devising and running hundreds of short residential courses, mainly for amateurs, recruiting many of our most eminent musicians as tutors. At Benslow he also created world-standard chamber music seasons and masterminded an ambitious annual baroque opera staging which mixed the talents of young singers on the verge of professional careers with those of devoted amateurs. His expertise includes adjudicating at all levels from schools to international competitions, and although not himself a performer he is often called upon to offer informal opinion and advice to young musicians.


He has written two introductory books, to Handel and to opera, and also scripted the award-winning documentary The Art of Conducting. He has produced many programme and liner notes and given pre-concert talks and interviews in major concert venues as well as longer talks and courses to a wide range of audiences from school age upwards. He has also undertaken French to English written translations for a number of recording companies.


He is now further developing his professional portfolio. Further details will appear on this web site on completion of its redesign.


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