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Steven Maxson

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Steven is an experienced organist, conductor, choir trainer, workshop leader, composer, and arranger experienced in a variety of fields.

Steven Maxson is much in demand as an organist, conductor, choir-trainer, workshop-leader, pianist, composer and arranger. He was born in Lancashire, and educated at the University of Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar of Keble College. For six years, he was the Assistant Organist of Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral. Subsequently, he spent six years as the Organist and Master of the Choristers of Grimsby Parish Church, training the choristers at the Choir School, Saint James’ School, to sing five weekly choral services. He is the Musical Director of the Grimsby Bach Choir, and was one of two founding musical directors of the North East Lincolnshire Youth Choir. He has recently been appointed Organist and Director of Music of Grimsby Minster, having previously been Assistant Organist at the Minster for eight years. He has toured extensively in Europe as an organist and a choral conductor, and has broadcast frequently on local, national and international radio and television. Recordings include work as an organist, accompanist, conductor, composer and arranger. He has a wide professional repertoire – being at home in the classical tradition as well as work as a jazz pianist or in the use of world music in the sphere of choral music. His compositions and arrangements, similarly, span various musical genres and styles. Steven is available for work as an organist, pianist, keyboard player, conductor, workshop leader, choral animateur, vocal coach, composer, arranger, accompanist, adjudicator or examiner.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Fanfare, Early music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Easy listening, Light music, Originals
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur
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Song list

As an organist, I have a very wide repertoire. Just some of the pieces recently played include:
J S Bach - Fugue in B minor
J S Bach - Fugue in G minor
J S Bach - Prelude and Fugue in A major
J S Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C minor
J S Bach - Prelude and Fugue in G major
J S Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Clarke - Trumpet Voluntary
Cocker - Tuba Tune
Cocker - Watercolour
Dubois - Toccata in D
Fletcher - Festival Toccata
Hoyle - A Trumpet Minuet
Lefebure-Wely - Bolero de Concert
Lefebure-Wely - Marche in F
Lefebure-Wely - Sortie in E flat
Knight - Elegy
W A Mozart, arr Maxson - Ronda alla Turca
Mendelssohn - Organ Sonata II
Mendelssohn - Wedding March
Purcell - Trumpet Tune in D
Smart - Postlude in C
Tordoff - Trumpet Tune in D major
Vierne - Final (Symphonie 1)
Wagner - Bridal March
Walford Davies - Elegy in B flat
Walford Davies - Elegy in F
Wesley - Choral Song and Fugue
Widor - Toccata (Symphonie 5)
As a conductor, I have conducted a very wide range of music, with just some being listed below:
J S Bach - Cantatas 140 and 147
J S Bach - St John Passion
Bernstein - Chichester Psalms
Britten - Rejoice in the lamb
Chilcott - Little Jazz Mass
Duruflé - Requiem
Fauré - Requiem
Handel - Messiah
Haydn - Creation
Jenkins - Requiem
Jenkins - The Armed Man
Mozart - Mass in C minor
Mozart - Missa Brevis in B flat
Mozart - Missa Brevis in D
Mozart - Spatzenmesse
Mozart - Requiem
Orff - Carmina Burana
Purcell - Come ye sons of art
Rutter - Requiem
Verdi - Requiem
Vierne - Messe Solennelle
Vivaldi - Gloria
Widor - Messe Solennelle
As a liturgical accompanist and conductor, I have performed the full gamut of repertoire in both the Anglican and Roman Catholic traditions.
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

If necessary, this can be provided.

How much time do you need to set up?

As an organist, I would need very little time to setup, other than familiarising myself with the instrument. I can also provide a high-quality, portable instrument which takes about 15 minutes to setup.

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

I have a very wide repertoire but am happy to tailor what I play to the client's needs.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

I can provide my own, high-quality instrument, or can use the organ in the building concerned.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

There is no problem with this, given sufficient notice. Depending upon the complexity of the music, there may be a fee for this, according to the practice time needed.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My performances are known for being tailored to the individual needs of the clients as well as for covering a wide range of repertoire, according to needs.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in churches, cathedrals, concert halls, theatres as well as more intimate venues such as private homes, corporate events, wedding receptions. My performing has taken me across the UK as well as Europe and beyond. As a conductor, I have also conducted in a football stadium, from the centre of the pitch!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

As an organist, I have been very heavily influenced by one of my teachers, Gordon Stewart. As well as being a technically virtuosic player, Gordon has a real ability to make the instrument sing and to connect with his audiences.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I have played for Mass at Nôtre Dame Cathedral in Paris, to a congregation of 2500 people.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£250
Available services
Instrument Hire
+£50

Reviews

From customers:

Mr H, 2 years ago

An outstanding contribution to our wedding which our special day even better.

Reverend H

A fine liturgical organist, adaptable and sympathetic and wholly musical.

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