Stephen Maddock was born in Lichfield in 1968. He went to school in Sussex, and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford, graduating in 1990. After three years with BBC Radio 3 he was appointed as Planning Assistant for the BBC Proms, and in 1995 the new role of Administrator was created for him, reporting to Proms Director Nicholas Kenyon. In this role he oversaw all aspects of the BBC Proms until the end of the 1999 season, a period which saw a big growth in the festival's activities, international profile, range of repertoire and performers, and its live and broadcast audiences.
In 1999 he became Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, where he is responsible for all the activities of one of the world's great symphony orchestras, plus its four choruses, its youth orchestra, its learning programme and its administrative and rehearsal home, CBSO Centre.
He has been a CD reviewer for the BBC Music Magazine and programme note writer for the Wigmore Hall, an artistic assessor for the Scottish Government and a board member of the Association of British Orchestras, Marketing Birmingham, Warwick Arts Centre, Birmingham Arts Marketing and a governor of Hodge Hill School. He is currently a Director of Culture Central, a Trustee of the Henry Barber Trust, a Patron of Schola Cantorum of Oxford and one half of the Midlands team on BBC Radio 4’s Round Britain Quiz. He was awarded an OBE in 2017 for his services to music, particularly in the West Midlands.
Stephen lives in Birmingham with his wife and two children, whose music making is far more accomplished these days than his once powerful bass voice and lapsed violin playing.