Steven is the Musical Director of Monmouth Choral Society [MCS] and Thornbury Choral Society [TCS]. Performances with them have included Bach's John and Matthew Passions, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Britten's St Nicolas, Dvorak's Mass, Duruflé's Requiem, Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Handel’s Messiah and Judas Maccabaeus, Haydn's Seasons and Maria Theresa Mass, Kodaly's Missa Brevis, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Poulenc's Gloria, and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. He has led many successful workshops with both choirs. The 2018-19 season includes performances of music by Brahms, Elgar, and Vaughan Williams.
Steven has built a wider reputation as an inspirational workshop leader and choral trainer. He led the Charfield Big Sing in February and November 2012 [Charfield] and since then has led four very successful workshops under the auspices of All-4-Music [all4music]. In 2013 he acted as chorus master for a hugely successful performance of Mahler's Symphony no.8 at Bristol's Colston Hall.
In 2011, Steven formed New Bristol Voices,
a chamber choir with interests in exploring some of the lesser-known repertoire, performing pieces by living (and/or local) composers, and experimenting with freer notations and unusual layouts within the building space. Since 2012 they have given very successful concerts in a variety of venus, and have also been involved in workshops for A-level music students.
Steven is Assistant Music Director of Bristol Choral Society. He conducted them on tour to Hungary in 2003, performing Rutter’s Requiem and Kodaly’s Missa Brevis in Budapest and Kecskemét, and also in the BBC Bristol Christmas concert at Bristol Cathedral in 2003 (broadcast on BBC Radio Bristol). He conducted their performance at the opening night of the Bristol Harbourside Festival in 2006. [BCS]
Between 2001 and 2014 Steven was Assistant Director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, working regularly alongside its chorus master Adrian Partington and many leading conductors including Thierry Fischer, Richard Hickox, and Thomas Søndergård. He himself conducted the chorus in performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London (2012), the Wales Millenium Centre (2011), and St David’s Hall, Cardiff (2002), and also chorus-mastered a number of recording sessions and concerts.
He conducted the Bristol University Singers during the academic year 2008-9, giving three lunchtime concerts of unusual and exciting music with this excellent young chamber choir. The programmes included works by Liszt, Tippett and Villette, music by past and present professors Raymond Warren and Geoff Poole, madrigals, and a short set taken from Steven's own work, Zen May [Listen to May 15]. Between 1999 and 2004 he was director of the Cotswold Chorus.
"Steven Kings brought out the nuances of the music, creating an integrated and extremely impressive performance."
(Margaret Iggulden, Reviewer, 2018)
"Much credit must go to conductor Steven Kings for his careful attention to detail and inspired leadership on the podium."
(Martin Firth, Reviewer, 2018)
"I'd be very happy to play for Thornbury Choral Society again. It really is one of the best on the circuit - a choir that sings with real musicianship, and an excellent conductor."
(RH, orchestral player, 2017)
"This performance [of the Matthew Passion], under the musical direction of Steven Kings, must surely be one of the best and most moving that Monmouth Choral Society has ever delivered."
(Angela Hoyle, Reviewer, 2017)
"Thank you for making attendance at Monmouth Choral Society such a delight and pleasure. Your great skill as a teacher and conductor, imparting knowledge with wisdom and humour, makes every Tuesday evening a really positive learning experience for me."
(Jenny, an MCS singer, 2016)
"I thought the concert went very well, and much of the thanks for this goes to Steven Kings for his exceptionally clear beat and consistently thought-out approach to the work."
(PK, orchestral player for Gerontius, December 2012)
"Steven Kings’ crystal-clear beat expressed exactly what he required and enabled the choir to respond with attack and confidence."
(Thornbury Gazette, May 2009)