Yorkshire-born Steven Goulden studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with the renowned tenor John Mitchinson and vocal coach Gerald Wragg. Many awards and accolades soon followed including the Dolan Evans Memorial Award for Most Promising Male Singer in his first year, the Laura Ashley Foundation Award, the Heber-Percy Scholarship, the BT Scholarship, the William Appleby Prize and a Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Bursary. Steven continued his performance training at postgraduate level, graduating with distinction.
Steven has performed as a soloist in prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St David’s Hall (Cardiff), the Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham), the Brangwyn Hall (Swanswea), the Royal Festival Hall (London), the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Llandaf and Wells Cathedrals, Die Doelen (Netherlands). He has sung under the baton of acclaimed conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Ivor Bolton, Richard Hickox and Anthony Negus, including a performance of L’enfant et les sortilèges (Ravel) under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
His operatic roles include Luigi (Il tabarro – Puccini), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore – Donizetti), Captain Macheath (Britten’s realisation of The Beggar’s Opera), the title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes, Tamino (The Magic Flute – Mozart) and Vašek (The Bartered Bride – Smetana) for the Cardiff Festival. He also created the role of Sergeant Forbes in the premier of children’s opera Sam the Sparrow and the Coca-Cola Well written by Mervyn Burtch.
Steven has guested at Llandaf, St David’s, St Chad’s and Wells Cathedrals in works including Bach’s Magnificat (with John Lubbock), Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Handel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus and Samson, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
In addition to oratorio work, Steven is a regular on the concert platform with a repertoire ranging from opera, Lieder and art song to operetta, jazz and musical theatre. He has appeared at the Cheltenham and Southwark Festivals, performed an Operatic Evening at the renowned Carlton Club in London, and taken part in a series of open-air Opera Galas and Proms in the Park concerts to great acclaim. Current projects include a concert tour across northern cathedrals and a series of recitals to mark the First World War.