You've found arranger & composer, Steve Turner. From my London studio I write and record beautiful, emotive arrangements for anyone from unsigned singer-songwriters to international artists as well as films, documentaries and adverts. I put my heart and soul into it, giving you highly realistic mock-ups and including unlimited revisions.
The best way to appreciate what I do is to read the reviews from my wonderful clients and listen to my stunning demos.
I write detailed scores for live section recordings (which I facilitate), or for restricted budgets, use my skills as a keyboard player & programmer, with my own unique method, using high-end VST samples played with feel & emotion to achieve an amazingly realistic finished product.
I make my compositions a vibrant part of the track, innovative, contemporary and distinctive yet unobtrusive. I achieve this through beautiful counter-melodies and distinctive harmony, making the strings sing out whilst sitting comfortably in the mix.
Stylistically versatile, I've arranged for genres from pop, soul and R&B to gospel, country and folk, urban and rock, and even Indian & African
My background? I've been a busy session musician, touring with Kylie, Allsaints & ELO, and concerts with Jay-Z & Beyonce. As a producer I've remixed Mary J Blige, Brownstone, Luther Vandross and Michael Jackson
Although my career has mostly been in the pop domain I was classically trained on piano and violin. With an ear for both pop and classical I'm able to achieve a uniquely fresh sound.
I look forward to writing you a stunning arrangement!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
34 Reviews - 4 Repeat ClientsEndorse StringArranger
Steve is a professional, smart, and experienced musician. He is also super easy to work with and will responsibly work on the project, He can fully understand producer's concept and turn the ideas into the language of music. Highly recommended.
Steve is an incredible string arranger. Professional, creative and communicates effectively with his client. Be sure to check him out!
Another great arrangement thanks to Steve's attentive work. I really trust Steve with my work because the end result is always beautiful!
First time we worked with Steve. Will definitely not be the last!very quick, very professional, high quality result! He nailed it at the first try.
Absolutely AMAZING job! Wonderfully pleasant and professional to work with, went above and beyond - 11/10 will work with again!
Steve’s rework of my track is great! Really appreciate that he always finds time to attentively work on arrangements and deliver exactly what I’m looking for!
Great job done...will be back with more. Thanks Steve
Good work, Steve
Steve is such a great arranger. Thank you
Steve is a great person to work with. Very patient and professional....
Thanks Steve, you are amazing!!
Great work again by Steve!!
Simply the best...Thanks Steve
Steve is the best at work he does. Professional, patient, quality work and always ready to listen to suggestions and criticisms
This is my third track working with Steve and I’m really impressed with the results. Steve’s work is reliably amazing and he always gives me plenty of time and space to experiment and trial new things with my orchestral arrangements.
I highly recommend working with him!
My experience was highly professional and Steve was very responsive, friendly and easy to work with. He was able to meet a quick turnaround and works with very skilled players. Easiest string recording experience I've ever had with a very high quality result.
I will definitely keep coming back with more work!
Well done Steve
Brilliant as usual 👏🏼👏🏼
Really enjoyed working with Steve on a second track! He really cares for your work and is really considerate and patient with any changes you would like made.
Not to mention the arrangement he put together is absolutely beautiful.
Great to work with Steve, Communicative, prompt, helpful and great arrangement. highly recommended
Great artist with exceptional touches on strings lines!
Smooth communication, very patient with my revisions!
Keep up the good work Steve.
Steve brings huge precision and care to his work. As always, recommended very highly.
Steve was great to work. He had an excellent grasp of what I was looking for as an artist and was really responsive to the notes/feedback I gave him.
His attitude is really positive and engaged and I’m looking forward to working with him again.
Steve worked on a beautiful violin and piano arrangement for me - as always, delighted with the result. Beautiful live violin playing and great attention to detail from Steve.
Second gig and Steve has been the best...His time consciousness , great personality , attention to detail and hardwork just makes you relax because you know you are sorted. And he makes sure you love the work before its even completed.. Kudos and i'm definitely coming back!!
Steve is Amazing...He communicates very well to get a good understanding of your needs, then blows your mind away..He's very professional and flexible... really love what you did and will always be my first point of call...Thank you very much once again
Steve arranged a classical piano piece of mine for violin solo and piano accompaniment. The result was very beautiful indeed – both in the violin playing and in the final quality of the mix. Great communication throughout. All in all, I couldn't recommend Steve more highly.
Steve did a great job in transcribing a solo piece with piano accompaniment.
Steve took great care in transcribing a solo violin piece (with piano accompaniment) and in mastering the final audio. I am very happy with the result and hope to work with Steve again.
Steven created a beautiful and well judged string quartet arrangement for a variation on a traditional Irish song. Steven's communication was always clear and helpful and he delivered the final piece in good time. I would recommend Steven 100% and hope to work with him again.
Great arranger. Great professional!
Great working with steve, did everything i asked for amd wanted, even redone one of his strings as I made a mistake in mine, great touch
Steve was great to work with and is definitely great at what he does. I would 100% recommend him if you are looking for someone to compose a piece of music for your work. Very professional in regards of the communication and work produced.
Thank you so very much, Steve! Your craftsmanship in orchestral arranging is superb! The detail and authenticity that you provide are exceedingly noteworthy, to say the least. Thank you for providing a very beautiful string arrangement to my song! I'm already spreading the word about your craft and professionalism. EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE!!!
Interview with StringArranger
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Well.... In the strings world that refers to 'live players versus VST programming'. Of course, I'll always encourage you to use live players who bring human emotion, nuance and their priceless instruments, and I'll do my best to facilitate this within your budget, even if it's restricted. But I can achieve very realistic results using VSTs too using my ever-developing libray. I play every instrument in as an individual take with human emotion and feel, using multiple articulations and real-time volume input via expression pedal.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 1. Review and discuss your tracks and stylistic vision. 2. Prepare a short mock-up for approval before progressing. 3. Continue the arrangement to completion with regular updates to and input from you, and finally sending a completed mock-up. 4. For live strings, prepare scores and arrange the tracking session. For programming, record sampled strings in real time instrument by instrument using expression pedal and articulation key switching for ultimate realism.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: MacBook Pro, Adam AX7 monitors, UA Arrow interface, Roland controller kbd, Roland EV-5 expression pedal
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: A synergy of classical elegance and contemporary flair, traditional meets modern. My varied musical upbringing and career path have taken me through classical, then jazz, to pop, soul and R&B, via hip-hop and electro. From this melting pot of influence I derive a uniquely fresh and vibrant sound with it's roots in lush classical harmony.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: [Q] How many players do I need? [A] It’s all dependent on the style and feel of the track; quartet for that bony intimate sound, 13 to 26+ for lush texture. - - - - [Q] How long is the process? [A] Usually a day to compose an arrangement and maybe half a day for tweaks after discussion with the client. - - - - [Q] Can you fix the orchestra and studio? [A] Yes. I’ll take the arrangement right through from mock-up to delivered stems - - - - [Q] Will you attend the session? [A] Yes. If the studio is in London and you've commissioned four or more tracks I'll attend and direct the session for no extra charge. For less than four tracks there is a modest charge for my time. For recording abroad, I'm happy to attend (it's actually very beneficial), again for a modest daily fee plus expenses. Very often I can supervise a 4-hour session abroad as a day-trip. I can also supervise the session by remote audio link (usually Source-Connect) if budget is a real issue. Clients can also attend in person or via remote link. - - - - [Q] I'm on a restricted budget. What are my options? [A] I can deliver very realistic strings using VSTs and my sensibilities coming from being both a keyboard player and a violinist. However, if your track needs live strings a cost-saving solution is to use players who have remote recording facilities. I have achieved fantastic results this way. Another way to reduce budget is to book a quartet who can track-up to the required size of section, or bed-in sampled strings underneath, a tried-and-tested approach.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mac computer, Adam AX7 monitors, UAD Arrow interface, various string libraries; ever evolving but currently including Spitfire Chamber/ Solo and BBC, Kirk Hunter CS2 & Solo 1, and Vienna Symphonic & Session Strings Pro 2, all running on Kontakt
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The huge musical reward from hearing a track come to life with a beautiful string arrangement. I also enjoy the working process, liaising with the client and on occasion being nudged into new musical territories. There's no bigger thrill than hearing one of my arrangements played by a string section, or hearing one of my commissions on radio/ TV or in a movie theatre.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Highly recommended producers on SoundBetter: Paul Stanborough and Namira Productions (Hamza)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Loving Leela James at the moment, also Anthony Hamilton. Gorgeous soulful vocals from both, and dreamy chord progressions to really get my arranging kicks from!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Every sound you add (strings in my case) needs to have a purpose, and a slot in the mix when it can sit comfortably, sometimes being felt rather than heard, popping its head up only occasionally to deliver to the listener those magical ear-candy moments
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Spine-tingling emotion and sparkle! Depending on your musical wishes my arrangements will add texture, drama and emotion to your tracks, with lush harmonies and beautiful melodic counterpoint. They will sit comfortably in the mix whist also finding their own space in the production spectrum.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I draw influence from so many sources; classic 1950s Hollywood scores and Bollywood soundtracks to the classical Grand Masters such as Beethoven & Bach and contemporary composers including Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten & Avro Pärt, along with epic film score composers such as the two Johns (Barry and Williams, Morricone, Herrmann, Desplat and Richter
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently arranging a number of exquisite instrumental small live sections tracks for a very talented composer. Due to Covid-19 restrictions I'm using my network of tech-savvy string players who have their own pro-studio set-ups at home. The results are stunning.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: - What’s your track duration and style? - Will you be wanting live strings or samples? - Have you decided on a section size/ number of players? - Can you send me some references that embody your vision for the arrangements? - Can you send a good demo for the purposes of delivering a more accurate quote?
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Jocelyn Brown's album 'True Praises' is one of my personal favourites. I loved working with the Nashville String Machine for Darlene Zschech, and recording the SSO at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Denquar Chupak
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I work tirelessly to ensure I’ve fully encapsulated my client’s musical vision for their song. I always achieve perfection with everything I do. An arrangement won't leave my studio until I'm proud of it, and you are completely enthralled. The same of course applies to recording sessions and VST programming (which I'm quite obsessive about!)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Although I can easily transcribe an existing arrangement my real skill (the one I focus on) lies in composing original arrangements.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Real players are worth the extra expense if you can run to it. I have various solutions for tight budgets including remote sessions and very realistic VST sample programming using my ever-develping library
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career really took off as a keyboard player in the 90s on the international touring circuit working with, amongst others Kyile, ELO, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. I sidelined into writing and production, initially with Uno Clio and LFA, remixing for Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson and Brownstone, amongst many others. Then in the early 2000s I had the contacts to develop my passion for string arranging!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Composing beautiful, emotive string arrangements for major label artists and also those all-important up and coming unsigned writers and singers. I also write for films and TV, and recently for big live concerts
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Distinctive melodic counterpoint and lush harmonies. I have the ability to hear straight away what's needed from the strings for your track, and the skill to deliver very realistic mock-ups so you can judge for yourself before committing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've arranged for styles ranging from pop and soul, R&B and gospel to country and folk, urban and rock, even african. Stylistically versatile! I split my time between working with recording artists and music-in-media (Documentaries, films, adverts etc)