Maximus Stephens


Maximus Stephens is an up and coming professional saxophonist in the Newcastle Area. He has played the saxophone for over 7 years performing in venues such as Newcastle City Hall, Sage One and Sage Two. For a number of years he played with the awarding winning jazz big band, Parafernalia.

After the band split, max joined a jazz and contemporary trio, DNMTrio. Performing in venues such as exhibition park for the closing ceremony for the Great Exhibition of the North. He also plays regularly with the guitarist Nathan Lawson, often on River Escape boats on the river Tyne and in other venues in and around Newcastle.

As well as the saxophone, Max also plays electric and acoustic guitar and the piano. Both of these he has studied in the classical and jazz sense.

Aside from music, Max previously was extensively involved with performing arts and acting in the Newcastle area, performing in the theatre royal in Joseph and in the People's Theatre in Billy Eliot. More recently, he played the lead role Jean Valjean in Emmanuel College's performance of Les Miserables for four nights.

Max has been awarded Emmanuel College's most prestigious award (The Principles Award) for determination, positive character and aptitude throughout his time in College. As well as this, Max was presented with an award for outstanding progression in Music at the college's annual Presentation Evening at Sage Gateshead.

He now studies music performance at York St John University, under the teaching of Ben Lowman.( )