Banished : new opera for Trinity Laban

May 15th, 2016  |  Published in News



Award winning composer Stephen McNeff and librettist Olivia Fuchs join forces to create a new opera for Trinity Laban students. Read the rest of this entry »

A Half Darkness

May 15th, 2016  |  Published in News

Chamber Choir Ireland have commissioned Stephen McNeff:

darkness“We mark a significant milestone in the history of the Irish state commemorating the Rising of Easter 1916 and are delighted to present the first performance at the heart of the site of the Rising, Dublin’s GPO.  With Cork International Choral Festival, we have commissioned Belfast-born composer, Stephen McNeff, and Irish poet, Aoife Mannix, to write a new piece of text and music reflecting on the rising. Read the rest of this entry »

Opera for Young People and Families

May 29th, 2015  |  Published in News

A lot of fun and full of deliciously scary moments… The Stage

McNeff’s catalogue features several highly acclaimed works for young people Read the rest of this entry »

Recent Projects

April 18th, 2015  |  Published in Uncategorized

At the end of March Clare McCaldin (mezzo) and Libby Burgess (piano) recoded their new CD for champs Hill records – to be called Notes from the Asylum. Featured on the CD is the world premiere recording of Vivienne, the one-women opera that I wrote for Clare and Libby to perform at the 2013 Tete a Tete opera Festival in Hammersmith. The opera was extremely well received getting a clutch of four and five star reviews. The producer was Matthew Bennett and what I have heard on the first edit suggests it will be a superbly recoded sound with Clare and Libby capturing all of the drama and excitement they conjured in the theatre. It be released later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview with McNeff – video

April 16th, 2015  |  Published in Uncategorized

Stephen McNeff, featured composer at last year’s Presteigne Festival, being interviewed for the event.

Featured Composer at Presteigne Festival 2014

March 23rd, 2014  |  Published in New Works, News

Andrew Burn, head of projects at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and writer on 20/21st Cenury music, writes:

Stephen McNeff: Composer in Residence

Clare McCaldin and Chris Hopkins rehearsing Madrigali Dell’Estate at Presteigne

Clare McCaldin and Chris Hopkins rehearsing Madrigali Dell’Estate at Presteigne

“Residencies as one focal point of a festival provide valuable opportunities for the creative artist and audiences alike. For the latter there’s the chance to hear a range of work within a concentrated span of time, as well as to meet and engage with the creator, in this instance a composer, and to gleam what makes them ‘tick’. From the artist’s perspective, it provides a moment to take stock, and invariably the exciting invitation to create something new, because no residency would be complete without a premiere! Read the rest of this entry »

New Vocal Recordings

October 21st, 2013  |  Published in Recordings

finalcoverversionNew from Champs Hill RecordsMadrigali dell’Estate, Italian inspired vocal works by Stephen McNeff for Clare McCaldin (mezzo), with Andrew West (piano) and the Orchestra Nova Ensemble, conducted by George Vass.

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New Orchestral Recordings

September 25th, 2013  |  Published in Recordings


duttonNew from Dutton Epoc, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in 4 works from 2005 – 2007, conducted by Dominic Wheeler.  The CD is a celebration of the association between the BSO and Stephen McNeff who was Composer in Residence from 2005 – 2008.

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Vivienne – new chamber opera

September 21st, 2013  |  Published in New Works, Reviews

mcneffA new one act opera for mezzo soprano and piano about T S Eliot’s ‘mad’ wife, Vivienne



Evening Standard *****
McNeff delivers an unpredictable yet instantly appealing score. The story unwraps in songs that always hint at popular idiom — crunchy bebop infuses her late-Forties mourning, Berlin-style cabaret hints at Eliot’s possible Fascist sympathies — but their structure is elastic and mutable. You enjoy the tune but never quite catch it. Kieron Quirke

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Secret Garden review

October 21st, 2012  |  Published in Reviews

Opera on Two Acts based on the novel by Frances Hodgeson Burnett

Newly revised version premiered by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in July 2012 and at the Banff Festival of the Arts in Canada in August 2012 conducted by Dominic Wheeler and directed by Kelly Robinson. Read the rest of this entry »