STEVE BINGHAM

VIOLINIST &
CONDUCTOR

STEVE BINGHAM

VIOLINIST &
CONDUCTOR

About

MUSIC & MORE

Steve is acclaimed worldwide as an eclectic and sensitive musician who has great rapport with audiences of all ages, but he’s also renowned as an educator and technophile.

“This extraordinary performer”
The Independent

Steve’s lifelong interests in music, technology and wildlife have led him on a unique career path. After training as a classical violinist at London’s Royal Academy of Music he has performed worldwide, as founder member of the Bingham String Quartet and also as a soloist and orchestral leader with several leading ensembles.

But he has also pursued non-classical paths, with eclectic solo recitals using electric violin and live-looping, alongside gigs with a variety of rock, pop and folk bands.

This has led to a recording portfolio that spans everything from unaccompanied Bach to covers of Peter Gabriel, from Elgar orchestral works to Shostakovich string quartets, and from multi-tracked pieces by Michael Nyman to newly commissioned violin works.

And his long-standing interest in wildlife has now resulted in a growing collection of bird photographs, now being made available via this website.

The final thread in Steve’s fascinating career is his involvement in creative technology; web design, video editing, audio production and more, with involvement in several fascinating projects such as PartPlay.

“A magnificent performance”
The Times

Music

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Steve regularly performs as a solo artist; with his string quartet; as a duo with his wife, violist Brenda Stewart; and he also gives poetry and violin recitals with Jeremy Harmer.
SOLO RECITALS

Steve is well known for his unique solo recitals which juxtapose works for solo violin with pieces for electric violins with a wide variety of electronics and live-looping technology. Steve can tailor programmes to suit any audience and is happy to discuss programme ideas in order to find the best music for any concert. Please contact Steve via this website for all booking enquiries.

BINGHAM STRING QUARTET

Formed by Steve in 1985 the Bingham Quartet is renowned for interpreting a range of repertoire as well as championing new music.

“…a dark and delicious exploration of textures played with explosive brilliance…”
The Strad

Visit the Bingham quartet website

Bingham String Quartet

DUOS WITH A DIFFERENCE

In an obvious extension to his solo recitals Steve teams up with his wife, viola player Brenda Stewart, to give varied recitals of music for two violins, violin and viola, two electric violins and all the combinations in between. Plus live-looping…..definitely duos with a difference!

TOUCHABLE DREAMS

This entertainment with narrator Jeremy Harmer has wowed audiences from the Middle East to America and was recorded by Jeremy and Steve on an album of the same name. Comprising a mix of poetry and music, some separate and some overlaid, Touchable Dreams is an evocative, emotional and humorous exploration of love in all its guises.

 

Media

AUDIO & VIDEO

If you’d like to explore Steve’s audio recordings and video channel, all the information you need is here.
CDs & DIGITAL ALBUMS

On Steve’s BandCamp site you can explore his varied solo recordings and more, including his brand new solo album “Cuckoo”, released on February 9th 2024.

Steve’s music store

Cuckoo album cover

VIDEOS

Explore Steve’s large and varied YouTube channel here, and enjoy watching classical works alongside pop covers, collaborations, and much more.

Steve’s YouTube channel

youtube screenshot

Conducting

ORCHESTRAL WORK

Steve is an experienced conductor whose rapport with amateur orchestras is well known. Below you can learn more about the two main orchestras Steve currently conducts.
ELY SINFONIA

Steve has been the Artistic Director of Ely Sinfonia, a community orchestra based in Cambridgeshire in the UK, for 20 years. In that time he has taken them through a huge variety of repertoire, including a performance of Holst’s “The Planets” on the 100th anniversary of the first performance of this iconic piece. Most concerts take place in the impressive surroundings of Ely Casthedral. The orchestra has worked with world famous soloists such as cellist Raphael Wallfisch and pianist Martin Roscoe as well as offering concerto opportunities for young players. The orchestra also gives workshop days, open to all players, in order to provide inclusivity for local amateur musicians.

Visit the Ely Sinfonia website

Ely Sinfonia in rehearsal

NORFOLK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, based in the town of King’s Lynn, is a long-established amateur orchestra that gives up to five concerts per year. Steve has recently conducted them in a concert of film music to an appreciative audience of over 600, and a performance of Mahler’s fourth Symphony.

Visit the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra website

Norfolk Symphony Orchestra

Photos

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

Steve became interested in wildlife and in particular bird-watching, at the age of about 13. Over recent years, and with the advent of digital photography, he has enjoyed combining this interest with photography and has decided to now make a selection of these photos available as limited edition unframed prints. These will be available soon, but meanwhile some samples are shown below.

Crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus)
Steve writes: “This marvellous little bird was perched on the icy back of a bench at the RSPB reserve of Loch Garten in Scotland.

Waxwing

Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus)
Steve writes: “These colourful birds are winter visitors from Scandinavia, which in some years appear in the UK in their hundreds.”

barn swallow

Barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Steve writes: “This chap, photographed in north Norfolk, had a lot to say!”

Prints should be available from April 2024.

Contact

GET IN TOUCH WITH STEVE

Please use this form to contact Steve, who will try to get back to you as quickly as possible.