Stephen Barlow (conductor)

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Stephen William Barlow (born 30 June 1954) is an English conductor, principally of opera. He was Artistic Director of the Buxton Festival from 2012-2018.

Barlow was a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral before studying at King's School, Canterbury, then moving to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was an Organ Scholar. In 1986 he married the actress Joanna Lumley, with whom he lives in London.[1]

He composed the opera King, the story of Thomas Becket and Henry II of England, which had its world premiere in Canterbury Cathedral in April 2006.

He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music (D.Mus) for outstanding contributions to the arts by the University of Chester on 15 March 2019.[2]






  1. ^ "HOW WE MET JOANNA LUMLEY AND STEPHEN BARLOW". The Independent. 5 March 1995. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Honorary Graduates 2019". 14 March 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2020.

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