DR STEVEN MARTIN read music at the University of Exeter. After gaining his MA there, he attended the University of Bristol, where he obtained his Ph.D. The focus of his research was the issue of funding for opera during that time, looking closely at the ways and means by which operas by English composers reached the stage. His other research interests include the music of Cyril Scott, Percy Grainger, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford and Bruce Montgomery (otherwise known as the novelist ‘Edmund Crispin’). He is currently the McCann Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is working on a history of travelling opera companies in Britain, with a particular focus on the Carl Rosa Company.
Before his appointment as Director of Music at Crediton, Steven was Director of Music at St Michael and All Angels, Mount Dinham, Exeter, which he combined with his duties as a Bass Choral Scholar at Exeter Cathedral. Between 2004 and 2008 Steven directed the Exeter University Choral Society.