Stephen Varcoe is internationally renowned as a concert and recital singer. He has made over 150 recordings: Purcell, Handel and Bach with Gardiner; Haydn, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Holst, Grainger and Britten with Hickox; and works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Nigel Osborne, Thea Musgrave and John Tavener with various artists.
He has sung with many orchestras and conductors in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America; in BBC Proms and festivals throughout the world; and in recitals with Julius Drake, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside.
Stephen’s first and greatest love is the song repertoire, and his long-standing relationship with Hyperion Records has produced many recital discs: with Graham Johnson he has recorded Hahn, Chabrier and Fauré and the second disc in his prestigious Schubert series. Finzi, Parry and Stanford with Clifford Benson, Gurney with Iain Burnside, and Armstrong Gibbs with Roger Vignoles are representative of his passionate commitment to English song.
In 2009 Stephen completed a PhD at the University of York on the Performance of Song, and he teaches at the Royal College of Music and gives lectures and masterclasses internationally. He has also written Sing English Song, a guide to performance and repertoire, and has contributed chapters to the Cambridge Companion to Singing and The New Percy Grainger Companion.