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Stephen Giles
Stephen grew up in Kent and studied viola with Marguerite Wilkinson at the junior department of the Royal College of Music.  Roger Bigley was his teacher whilst he studied for a B.Mus. at Manchester University, then he furthered his studies on viola with Roger Best whilst a student at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies in London.  Since then Stephen has worked as a viola player in many fields: chamber music, ballet, opera, film, TV and in chamber and symphony orchestras such as City of London Sinfonia and London Concert Orchestra.  Since 2000 he has taught violin and viola for East Sussex Music Service as a member of its string team. He also takes responsibility for tutoring violas in East Sussex String Chamber Orchestra and South Downs Youth Orchestra which he sometimes conducts.  Occasionally, Stephen also finds time to nurture his allotment.