Stephen Pettitt, a deeply experienced and widely renowned music critic with homes in London and France and a wide network of connections in both the music and journalism professions, offers a comprehensive range of tailor-made music services which include journalism, programme note and sleeve note writing, the judging of music competitions, talks and education projects,
As a broadcaster he has appeared on BBC World Service and Radios Three and Four and as a commentator on the London scene for both Radio France Musique and Radio Suisse Romande. His face has also been seen from time to time on television, and for BBC Television he wrote the script for the award-winning documentary The Art of Conducting. He has written two books - introductions to the music of Handel and to opera - and contributed to The New Grove.
Stephen is also an experienced juror at all levels, exercising his judgment upon the young musicians of Lancing College, in the BBC Choir of the Year finals, for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards (for which he has served as a jury chairman), and for the Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition. . As a speaker he has presented pre-concert talks at the Royal Festival Hall, in Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and at the Wigmore Hall and has led educational seminars, for instance for the London International Piano Competition and at the London College of Music and Royal College of Music.
Stephen served a two-year term as the youngest ever President of the Critics’ Circle in 1995-6.
Besides his musical and writing activities, Stephen enjoys simple cooking and complex cricket (the latter purely from a spectator’s point of view), is a devoted Francophile, and is proud to be a volunteer with Samaritans.