John Stephens

John Stephens 

BA(Hons) MMus LTCL(Organ) LTCL(Piano) QTS SLE FISM

John Stephens is a musician and teacher based in East Norfolk. He is Director of Music for the Inspiration Trust, where he supports and leads musical development within the trust’s 20 educational settings. He is a Specialist Leader of Education, and regularly advises school leaders locally and nationally. His experience is varied and includes teaching, lecturing, examining, adjudicating, performing, composing, conducting and everything and anything musical in between. John has held posts at the University of East Anglia, Gresham’s School and Great Yarmouth Minster, among others, and has worked in the USA, France and Kenya as a Musical Director. He has conducted many major choral and orchestral works, and led a long list of musicals in the theatre. 

Alongside performing as an organist, John is an experienced pianist, bassoonist and choral singer. He holds a Master of Music degree in Conducting, a BA(Hons) degree in Music, and the Licentiate of Trinity College London diploma twice over - once as a pianist, and again as an organist, having passed both with distinction. He holds Qualified Teacher Status and is a Fellow of the Independent Society of Musicians. 

John has a particular interest in helping young people develop their musicianship through ensemble playing and founded The Orchestrate! Project in 2014. 

Through the Inspiration Trust, John offers ‘Orgelkids’ workshops which enable participants of all ages to learn about the workings of a pipe organ by building one for themselves. For more information, please see

John is Local Area Representative for Trinity College London for Norwich and Great Yarmouth. For more details of Trinity music exams please contact John

To view a complete list of the projects with which John currently involved, please see the 'Projects & Links page.