Stephen Bicknell was born in London in 1957 and was educated at Winchester College and St. Chad's College Durham.

His career in pipe organ building started with N.P.Mander Ltd of London in 1979. From 1987-1990 he worked with J.W.Walker & Sons Ltd, returning to N.P.Mander Ltd as head designer in 1990. He has been directly involved with the design and construction of some of the most significant recent new instruments to be built in Britain. In 1993 he left full-time organ building to pursue a varied free-lance career.

His interests in organ history have been expressed in his membership of the British Institute of Organ Studies (BIOS) since soon after its conception in 1976. He has served BIOS as Council Member, Membership Secretary, and as editor of the quarterly BIOS Reporter (1986-1992). He has contributed essays to the annual BIOS Journal and to other publications, and has read papers at conferences in Britain, France, Germany and the United States.

In 1996 Cambridge University Press published Stephen Bicknell's 'The History of the English Organ', a work which has received wide critical acclaim and was the winner of the Nicholas Bessaraboff Prize for the best book in English on musical instrument published in the two year period 1996-7, awarded by the American Musical Instrument Society.

He died at his home in London Fields on August 18 2007.

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Stephen Bicknell prints for sale Feb08 - contributions to his Royal Academy of Music Bursary

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"Traction Avant": CitroÎn Light 15 with bridge and trees. Probably late 80s.
1a A4 Black and white print on 180gsm card (no colour) 78 £20
1b A4 Black and white print on 180gsm card (no colour) 1 £30
"Citro‘n": Citro‘n Big Six alongside PLM steam engine at speed. Probably late 80s.
2a A4 Black and white print on 180gsm card (no colour) 69 £20st chad's
2b A4 Spot coloured, signed and numbered (run of 100) 3 £30
Pair of "Traction Avant" and "Citro‘n" as above
2c A4 signed, with identical numbers (16, 18, 19, 21, 22 or 25) 6 £100st chad's
St.Chad's College Durham: terraced town houses in 2 lines. Rigorous architect's impression style.
3a A3 Black and white print on 180gsm card 127 £10
3b A3 Signed and dated 1984 1 £20
3c A3 Signed, dated 1984 and numbered 1 £30
St.Chad's College Durham: same town houses in one line. Stephen's heavier style, freehand lines.
4a 59x20cm Black and white print on 180gsm card 42 £10st chad's
5a A3 Set of 3 (1-4: 2 Citroëns, 1 St Chads A3) unsigned £50
5b 59x20 Set of 3 (1-4: 2 CitroÎns, 1 St Chads 59x20) unsigned £50
A4 prints or originals
6 Archway bridge and biplane pen and ink on paper 2 £30
7 Roscoff organ façade, pen and ink on paper, 1984 5 £20
8 Laurenec organ façade, pen and ink on paper, 1984 1 £30
9 Quimper organ façade, pen and ink on paper, 1982 4 £20
10 Ergué-Gaveric organ façade, pen and ink on paper, 1984 1 £30
11 Clapton Park organ faÁade, pen and ink on paper, 1986 1 £30
12 St Eflam organ faÁade, pen and ink on paper 2 £20
A3 prints or originals
21 Abergavenny complete CAD CAM plans, 50 sheets, 2001 1 £100
22 Abergavenny faÁade, Stephen's detail over CAD CAM, 2001 1 £30
23 Abergavenny faÁade, Stephen's detail over CAD CAM, 2002 15 £20
24 Christchurch Wanstead, ink and watercolour, 2003 4 £30
25 Organ faÁade, identity unknown, unsigned, undated, various (ask) 6 £20
30 History of the English Organ, Stephen Bicknell
Cambridge University Press, hardback, out of print, original shrink wrap.
2 £500


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