Stephen Barber was born in Belfast. He read music at Cambridge University where his organ teachers were Arthur Wills and George Guest. During this time he took the FRCO diploma, winning the Turpin Prize. He continued his organ studies with Nicholas Danby at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and during this year was also the organ student at St. Paul's Cathedral where he played regularly.
For four years he was assistant organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin and was also Director of Music in the Cathedral Grammar School. Moving back to England he was organist and choirmaster at All Saints' Church, Peterborough for 14 years and then at St Mary’s Church for 5 years. He moved to St John's Church in September 2003. He was a music teacher and then Director of Music at Spalding Grammar School until 2001, but has now retired from teaching.
He has given recitals in cathedrals and churches in many parts of England and Ireland and has broadcast on both radio and television.
He has also been the conductor of various choirs, including the Berkeley Singers, the St Peter's Singers and the Gildenburgh Choir.
He is married to Mandy who is also a teacher.
Hobbies: Stephen enjoys reading, listening to music, watching "Neighbours" and hill-walking (see below, with Mandy, on the top of Brunnenkogel (2,780m/9,121ft)in the Austrian Tyrol.