Biography

Career to date

As well as conducting, Stephen is a talented composer and arranger. Born in Somerset, he played French horn before moving to Edinburgh and studying composition under John MacLeod (CBE). His first musical, supported by Cameron Mackintosh, was The Best in the Tower (1994). For the past 20 years he has worked with some of the country’s leading names in the musical world. He has produced, directed or accompanied hundreds of theatrical productions and has written four successful musicals which have toured Scotland since 2007. Stephen is Programme Coordinator for Technical and Musical Theatre honours degree at the University of the West of Scotland.

Research/Compositions

  • Awarded PhD (2021) in “The Golden Musical Research and Composition” (winner of the 2013 poster competition for Creative and Cultural Industries).

  • Research award for people with learning difficulties and dementia into relaxed performances (£5000 funding 2016 – 2017)

  • Articles/Compositions Published:

I. Musical Notes (Industrial Journal of Musical Theatre Matters, West End Producers) – Creating a Musical for the Fringe, Issue 20, 5/5/2008

II. Sheherezade the Musical – CD recording, Electric Honey Records, Conducted, Composed and Produced by Stephen Langston, July 2002

III. Broad Cast (Magazine for the SFEU) – Article, Musicals for Education, Issue 54 & 55, Winter, 2001

IV. Wallace the Musical – CD Recording, Electric Honey Records, Conducted, Composed and Produced by Stephen Langston, July 2000

  • Composer and Producer of the Musicals Wallace, Sheherezade, Faeries and The Green Door (seen in theatres throughout Scotland by over 40,000 people)

  • Semi Finalist (as composer) in the International Competition “The Highland Quest” to find a new Scottish Musical (run in conjunction with the Scottish executive, Eden Court Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh ltd).

  • Numerous compositions as composer and/or producer/director as practice-based research (see below):

- The Green Door Music, Co-lyrics and book – World Premier, January

- Faeries Music, co Lyrics and Book, Cottiers Theatre, 2014

- Shenakie M.D, Orchestrations and arrangements – CamMac and Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

- Scotch Mist Music, Lyrics and Book – CD Recording

- Faeries Music, co Lyrics and Book – Produced by Pictel Ltd

- Sheherezade Music, co Lyrics and Book – Produced by Pictel Ltd

- Arabian Nights Music, co Lyrics and Book – Produced Stowaways

- Wallace Music, co Lyrics and Book – Produced by Pictel Ltd

- Jane Eyre Music – concept album

- The Night Before Music – produced by BBB - Scottish tour

- The Beast in the Tower Music and Book – produced by Napier University

- In the Beginning Choral Commission – commissioned by Curry Choral Society

- Glamour Overdrive Film Musical – Music – Ealing Film School

- The Dancing Men Film Music – Music – Ealing Film School

- The Felis Charm Film Music – Music – Ealing Film School

- Fantasy Flute Sonata Orchestral Commission – Queens College

- The Spirit of Burnham Brass band Commission – Burnham Brass Band

- Queens Gloria Choral Commission for Choir and Orchestra, Queens College

- Requiem Aeternaum Commissioned by Taunton Choral Society