Stephen Clay (baritone) was born in Perth, Scotland, and studied music at Durham University. Originally an organist, Stephen was fortunate to have been taught singing by Peter Wilson of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. More recently his teacher has been London-based baritone Robert Rice.
He started singing professionally whilst at Durham, first with Newcastle Cathedral choir and then with the choir at Durham Cathedral. He also sang with Durham University Chamber Choir and combined all this with directing two college chapel choirs. Following a year in Wells, working at the Cathedral School and deputising in the Cathedral Choir, Stephen studied for his Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Lincoln, where he still lives.
Stephen leads Lincoln Cathedral’s contribution to the national ‘Sing Up’ outreach programme which develops choral singing in primary schools across Lincolnshire. He sings in Lincoln Cathedral choir and rounds off his musical activities by singing with the acclaimed close harmony group, ‘The Lincs Effect’.
Solo choral roles include the title role in Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and, in previous performances of the ‘St John Passion’, the parts of Pilate and Christ