Stagecraft Workshop ft. Herman Stephens

Buckinghamshire Music Trust presents the ultimate course for bands, band musicians, singers and songwriters, ft. Herman Stephens.

Take your performing, writing and promoting to the next level by joining Herman Stephens and the BMT team for a three-day course in stagecraft.

You will get teaching and support in these activities:

  • Writing material – individually or as a group (Day 1)
  • Crafting material as a band and finding your ‘sound’ (Day 2)
  • Rehearsal techniques and working together as a group (Day 2)
  • Stagecraft – setting up, sound checking, getting the best from live situations and studio situations (Day 3)
  • Performance techniques – finding your ’look’ and connecting with your audience (Day 3)
  • Sharing your work (Day 3)

Everything will be delivered in a practical way with lots of playing time and will culminate in a shared performance of anything and everything produced in the three days.

The course is delivered by a professional team led by Herman Stephens, producer, musician, songwriter, (formerly of Rizzle Kicks) and working with a range of well-known artists.


Herman Stephens is a multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, producer and actor.  He has been performing music professionally over 30years, has toured the world and has played iconic venues such Wembley and Albert Hall with act, Rizzle Kicks.

In addition to this, he has also worked in the music industry in A&R departments for Charisma Records and MTV, as well as owning and running a recording studio for 10 years.

He is currently writing and producing for various artists, whilst also playing bass in bands such as; Wildhood, Alessi's Ark and SH!TS!CK.  He music style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, pop, psychedelic, and punk.

Stagecraft Workshop with Herman Stephens

"[Herman] makes a strong addition to the sound, the raw bass guitar lines - give it an edge that Krist Novoselic of Nirvana would approve of" (Gigwise, 2017).

Herman is also passionate about access to music and devotes his time to mentioning, workshops and teaching.  He has previously supported young people (Lost Hearts), individuals with limited access to music (Cardboard Citizens) and women in music (Girls Rock London).  He is also an advocate for BAME and LGBTQ musicians, as he understands the challenges of both self-acceptance and being accepted within the music industry.

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Tuition is provided on an ongoing, rolling contract and pupils may only withdraw from activities at the end of a term following submission and acceptance of written notice to your local music centre. The notice submission deadlines for each term are available on our website but will generally be the last day of the mid-term break. If late notice is received, you will be required to pay a late notice fee in addition to your invoice for the term

Fees are invoiced termly and should be paid on receipt of invoice by cheque (payable to Buckinghamshire Music Trust) or by bank transfer to:

Account name: Buckinghamshire Music Trust

Sort code: 30 – 90 – 38 Account number: 61703168

You must ensure that you use the invoice number as a payment reference.

Parents are asked to inform the tutor of any known absences a minimum of one week in so that, where possible, these can be re-arranged within the same term. In the case of pupil absence, we are unable to reschedule lessons other than at the tutor’s discretion. This includes pupil absences due to conflicting school activities. Where the tutor is absent, parents will be informed via your child’s school and lessons will be rescheduled by the tutor in agreement with the school. Where the tutor is absent for more than one week, BMT will endeavour to cover these lessons with an alternative tutor or will provide a credit at the end of the year for any sessions missed through tutor sickness.

We are committed to ensuring that all music trust activities are accessible to all young people and provide subsidies for families who are eligible for the national Free School Meals scheme (available for families receiving certain benefits) and for siblings of existing members.

The music trust is responsible for the safety of students whilst they are within the music centre or on a pre-arranged visit or performance off-site and has appropriate Risk Assessment, Safeguarding, Health and Safety, and First Aid procedures in place. Parents must be responsible for their child’s safety and well-being at all other times, particularly in regard to their journey to and from the music centres.

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