Stephen McDade

National Schools Symphony Orchestra

Stephen trained at the Royal Academy of Music studying violin under Clarence Myerscough and tuba under Patrick Harrild and John Fletcher. He has been an active freelance violinist, playing with the RLPO and in many West End musicals, as well as solo and chamber music performances.

Before taking up his current position as Head of Strings at Malvern College, he was String Co-Coordinator for The Berkshire Young Musician’s Trust and Head of Strings at Dean Close School, Cheltenham.

Stephen had a long-standing involvement with the National Children’s Orchestra and was the principal conductor of ENCORE (the NCO alumni ensemble) for ten years.

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The Sheku Effect January 21, 2020

NATIONAL SCHOOLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & ASSOCIATED BOARD OF THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC REPORT UPLIFT IN CELLO STUDIES DESPITE CUTS TO MUSIC EDUCATION PROVISION COUNTRYWIDE. Artistic Director of the NSSO, John Madden, said: “This year, with applications [for the orchestra] up by almost a third on our 25th anniversary last year, the number of cellists […]

Best Classical Music Education Initiative Nomination November 26, 2019

We are delighted to announce that the National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) has been shortlisted for the Best Classical Music Education Initiative in Music Teacher magazine’s annual Awards for Excellence.   This award honours an education project which has used classical music in an innovative way, shown musical excellence and has had a positive impact on […]

#NSSOturns25 July 19, 2019

A week of bringing together more than 200 players and singers to celebrate the National Schools Symphony Orchestra’s 25th year! See all the highlights from the week by following us on Twitter: @NSSO_UK