Stephen Marsden

Born 1965 in Bury, Lancashire, Stephen Marsden began his bassoon studies aged ten with Charles Cracknell, principal bassoon with the Halle Orchestra, first privately and then as a student at the Junior Department at the RNCM.  He continued his studies as a pupil at Chetham`s School of Music in Manchester from 1981-1983 with David Chatwin, principal with the BBC Philharmonic, and also with Martin Gatt, principal with the LSO.  In 1983 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Martin Gatt and Graham Sheen of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

From 1979 to 1983 was a member and principal bassoon of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, and from 1984-1985 a member of the European Youth Orchestra.  Also in 1985, he was a finalist in the Shell/LSO woodwind scholarship, and a prize winner with the British Wind Quintet at the Internationaler Musikwettbewerb, Munich.  

In 1986 Stephen was appointed principal bassoon with the orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Since joining the WNO, he has also played as a freelance guest principal with RLPO, CBSO, BBC NOW, RSNO, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has also performed as a soloist on many occasions in concertos by Mozart, Weber, Hummel, Berwald, Vivaldi and Strauss.