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11th October 2022 - Appearance as expert advisor on BBC Scotland concerning the cost of living crisis and the arts. Click here for excerpt


5th September 2022 - Article published in the Herald Magazine concerning the plight of Scottish Arts during the Cost of Living Crisis 2023.

27th May 2022 - Langston interviewed on BBC Radio 4 PM programme as expert consultant with regard the latest ABBA virtual gig and the future of Performance and Technology. You can hear the interview here (at 51 mins in)

5th April 2022 - UWS students from the performance programme hosted John Sinclair (Ozzy Osbourne Band, The Cult, Uriah Heep, Spinal Tap) and Lin Anderson (Scottish Author of the Rhona MacLeod Series) on a three day workshop for their new musical Voice of a Generation. Full details at this link https://youtu.be/N9r3gbOtYbk


3rd March 2022 - Langston commisioned to arrange and rehearse choir for promotional flashmob live performance and filming for Starz, Outlander series 6. See the flashmob video here from Starz - https://fb.watch/bBZOl-pT4x/

31st October 2021 - Well, we pride ourselves at UWS Performance in giving the students real life professional experiences that can influence social change, and todays challenge demonstrated that to the full. Our Level 10 performance students wrote, directed, presented, filmed and produced a series of short films and performances that was live streamed on Utube. A very stressful but relevant experience, and they did it so professionally. Have a quick look here and give them a thumbs up for what they achieved.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_ZCJuS-W_s

2nd Feb 2021 - Langston announces new world premier 'A Scottish Fantasia' for Choir and Symphony Orchestra - Glasgow City Halls, June 2023 to be performed by the Merchant Voices


The Golden Ratio as an Influencing Factor within the Compositional Structure of Sung Through Musicals, Stephen Langston, Wednesday 3rd November 2-3.30pm. Our very own Dr Stephen Langston will share his recent research on the golden ratio and musical theatre.

The golden ratio (Φ) is a catalyst for the development and creation of numerous artefacts in art, music, architecture, and design, manifesting human cognizance of proportion and aesthetic beauty. Over a cultural history dating back thousands of years, scholars have been fascinated by its numerical occurrences in nature, leading to theories of constructional usage in creative practice. Documented testaments are scarce, hence the practical application of Φ usage in major pieces of art is often treated as a myth. The research analysed selected sung-through commercial musicals in search of significant plot and musical elements at Φ points calculated through time duration and bar count methods. The findings were subsequently disclosed, analysed, and applied to the process of creating an original sung through musical The Green Door (2015) by Jane Robertson and Stephen Langston. Documentation of the development process through analysis techniques and musical composition demonstrated a devised time-based numerical system (The Marley System) that could be utilised as a technique for the design of future musical theatre compositional form and is evidenced in sung-through commercial musicals of the West End and Broadway.

Original Presentation on 3rd November 2021. Enhanced video now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtJxvdp7FCQ