Igniting Passion

and delivering spectacular performances...

I’ve been told by performers and audience members that I help ignite their passion for live classical music, and deliver spectacular performances (see anonymous fan feedback below).

How do I do that?

Rather than pay someone to make up some effective sales copy, I figured you would prefer to hear from folk I have helped in the past – both performers and audiences, professionals and amateurs. Keeping responses anonymous always produces much more honest feedback that can be trusted.

So, when you consider the selection of comments listed below, you will appreciate even more the three steps I employ to ignite passion and deliver spectacular performances…

Stephen P Brown thinking

Step 1:

Identifying what’s good and what’s not about classical music.

That helps performers and audiences alike to engage in a performance on a deeper level than just sheer ‘entertainment.’ At the moment, my weekly two-minute Classical Rate N Slate podcast is a good start, but you should check back soon because my extended podcast From the Podium will expand on that, including interviews, questions, requests and lots of the world’s best classical music.

Step 2:

Sharing best practices.

There are five simple steps you can use to make the most of live classical music concerts, which I have spent decades learning about and figuring out how to share them with performers and audiences who may not have grown up in a classical music environment. Download my #concerthacker cheat sheet today and enjoy live classical music concerts before, during and after every performance!

Step 3:

Live and in-person.

Throughout the year I host concerts, perform with different ensembles, emcee (MC/ act as Master of Ceremonies) for events both musical and non-musical, and present workshops and talks for beginner, intermediate and advanced performers and audience members… yes, even adults who are brand new to classical music! Many are private functions, many are public events you can just turn up to. Check my schedule here to see which events you want to attend.

So let’s get started!

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By the way,  if you are a “labels” person (Don’t be fooled: there is no box), then here are some descriptors people have used to introduce me:

Maestro, conductor, composer, educator, professor, teacher, pastor, doctor, musicman, undertaker, lawyer, writer, author, speaker, maverick, guru, and my personal favourite: Impresario.

(Of course, there have been a few more colorful expletives as well, but this is a family-friendly website!)

Anonymous Fan Feedback

How does SPB make you feel during or after a rehearsal or concert?

  • Always pleasant and relaxed but with a sense of accomplishment. He seems to draw out the best playing from each of us.
  • I feel engaged with what the other performers are doing and leave glad to have been a part of it.
  • Like a valued member of the ensemble.
  • That I am learning something new and would like the ensemble to reach its playing ability.
  • That I’m accomplishing something important for myself, the ensemble, and the community.
  • I leave rehearsals/ concerts more satisfied (and tired!)
  • Inspired to practice – I’d forgotten why I love making music. SPB holds a high but attainable standard.
  • I feel like I belong, happy to be involved, and appreciated for the hard work I put into rehearsals and practicing.
  • Like I don’t want it to end, no matter how much you wear me out!
  • Glad to be a part of the ensemble. Eager to practice and raise my level of musicianship.

“SPB is the guy to call when…”

  • When you want to make your day go a little better.
  • You have a new venture or idea and want to brainstorm ways to get it off the ground. Or if you need your office, yard or mind organized.
  • I need a reliable conductor to get the best results out of my groups of musicians.
  • You need help with fellow musicians who are not up to par with the group and how to handle the situation.
  • You need to find the common denominator that allows a group of musicians of varying skill levels to make good music together.
  • You want a spectacular performance.
  • A group has lost their direction and needs a fresh perspective.
  • Stephen is a talented Conductor who draws the best out of the musicians in front of him. His standards are high but he’s also quick to give honest praise or critique. As a professional musician, I appreciate his ability to acknowledge our less experienced musicians while encouraging the professionals in the group to maintain a high level of performance. He is an easy Conductor to follow!
  • You need anything. He will be there at anytime to answer any questions you may have and is always willing to help musicians learn and grow. He is a joy to work with!
  • I’m looking for motivation (in more areas than just music), knowing it will be delivered with a sense of humor and a sense of purpose.
  • When you need to get something done, now!

How has Stephen changed your perspective towards live music?

  • Performing causes us to expose parts of ourselves that make us vulnerable. I didn’t realize how much I missed that until I met Stephen and the standards he has.
  • I have always enjoyed live music but did not understand how much can be involved to reach out to others to let them know live music is available for them to hear, right here, locally! No matter what culture we’re from, live music is something we are all touched by. SPB is changing lives with the work he does! Thank you.
  • That music is a two-way process: we make music and the audience appreciates it, then they feed that energy back to us, making me feel more creative. I hope that, in turn, makes Stephen feel more creative
    and appreciated, which feeds back to the ensemble’s motivation. I guess that makes it a roundabout instead of a two-way street?
  • I had pretty much given up before Stephen came on board.
  • SPB has broadened my horizons to appreciate genres I have often neglected.
  • I have an increased appreciation for everything written on the page: it’s there for a reason.
  • I like that we reach out to others to also enjoy live music, and want more.
  • I’ve learned to appreciate the value of live music and the effort needed to produce it.
  • I’d rarely thought of how few people relative to a local community actually attend live music performances.

If you know nothing about me

Then here is a little introduction:

A two-time Global Music Awards Winner, Stephen P Brown is a British-American Conductor-Composer bringing good music to life by performing on four continents for over 35 years. He has been named one of the most engaging conductors of our modern age and is a recipient of the Ricordi Conducting Prize and winner of the Alan J Kirby Choral Conducting Prize. He has appeared in multiple media including ABC, the BBC and NBC, speaks to tomorrow’s leaders about being inspiring and effective, and conducts orchestras, choirs, concert bands and musical theater.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to know MORE about me…

Check out my biography page.

In the meantime, let’s bring good music to life and GO TO A CONCERT!