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Steve Berryman  
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Steven Berryman is a composer and teacher based in London. He studied at Cardiff University (BMus, PhD) and Royal Holloway (MMus).  
His composition teachers included Simon Holt and Philip Cashian, and for his PhD were Anthony Powers, Judith Weir and Arlene Sierra. 

Notable performances of Steven's music include a movement from his String Quartet by the Elysian Quartet (Dartington International Summer School, Advanced Composition Course with David Matthews in 2005) and more recently a commission by the South West Music School, "Wandered Mind" for nine players (October 2010). Steven's orchestral piece 'Cypher' (2010) was selected by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for performance in their Welsh Composers Showcase and was performed by the orchestra on the 18th February 2011, conducted by Jan Van Steen at BBC Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff Bay. in 2011 North London Collegiate staged his musical theatre work Juniper Dreams - written with his colleague Deborah Gibbs - a work for a cast of over fifty girls. Opera Holland Park commissioned transcriptions of Donizetti for a dance performance, 'Dance Holland Park' in June 2012. Work for theatre includes Jamie Zubairi's one-man show 'Unbroken Line' (Ovalhouse December 2012) and 'Corpo: Lixa da Alma' (Cena Internacional Brasil, Rio de Janerio, June 2012). The choral work 'Versa est in Luctum' was performed in Washington, D.C. January 2013 as part of the New Voices @ CUA Festival. In September 2016 Steven's new work for community choir was performed by LSO Community Choir and students from City of London School for Girls as part of 'Old Street New Beginnings', celebrating fifty years since the joining of the St. Luke's and St. Giles' parishes. 

Steven has studied singing with the tenor Ian Caley, and attended the National Opera Studio Opera Intensive Course in 2014 (receiving coaching from Alex Ingram and Della Jones). He has performed in two operas with Oxford & Cambridge Musical Club (Prince Phillippe in Berkeley's A Dinner Engagement and Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute) and one with Harrow Opera (Ferrando in Mozart's Cosi). Recent engagements include Verdi's Requiem with Southend Chorus (May 2016). As a Fellow for the Teach Through Music programme (2014-15) Steven was coached by Mary King as part of an artist-collaboration exploring Into the Woods. 

Steven has taught Music since 2004 and is currently Director of Music at City of London School for Girls, having previously taught at the North London Collegiate School and the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. From September 2017 he will additionally be a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Education, Communication and Society at King's College London. Steven has examined and moderated for GCSE and A-level Music, and contributed to two study guides published by Rhinegold Education and an edited volume from Routledge (2016). For Keynote Educational Steven has written and presented courses on outstanding teaching, particularly composition teaching, and presented at conferences for A-level Music students. He has been a Teach Through Music Fellow and more recently a Teacher Advocate for Music Excellence London. 

With Royal Opera House Learning Steven assisted with re-writing the Fanfare competition (2015 - 2017) and has been a judge for the final entries for two years. In 2018 he will be the Composer-Educator and lead the workshops developing the finalist entries with students and the team of mentors. For London Philharmonic Orchestra Education he wrote and presented a concert on an A-level Music set work with musicians from the orchestra (2017), and recently worked with NMC Recordings to devise resources to assist with the teaching of composition (2016-2017). With researchers from Guildhall School (2016), Steven led a project that connected with an 'Understanding Audiences' research group at Guildhall, investigating school-age students' attitudes to chamber music. 

Steven is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art and a Freeman of both the Worshipful Company of Musicians and the Worshipful Company of Educators. 

   
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