BBC Radio London

Maxwell is thoroughly enjoying his new slot at 11am every Tuesday on the Robert Elms Show on BBC Radio London. His weekly feature on architecture and London life has been a regulat highlight since the show started and he is particularly enjoying being out on location.

Maxwell also has a number of corporate talks scheduled for 2017 and has just finished recording a 6 part TV series to be announced later this year.

In between his busy schedule, Maxwell is writing his first novel and developing an international book format for a London publisher.

Orchestrations and Dance Arrangements

Stepping Out - Chris has recently completed working on the orchestrations for the West End production of this highly enjoyable musical which opened at The Vaudeville Theatre in March 2017. The show is directed by triple Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman.

Funny Girl - Chris has had enormous fun orchestrating this highly acclaimed sell out production starring Sheridan Smith which premiered at The Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015 before transferring to The Savoy Theatre in the West End. The UK tour started at the Manchester Palace Theatre in the spring of 2017.

Cats - Chris thoroughly enjoyed re-orchestrating ‘The Gumbie Cat’ and working again with Andrew Lloyd-Webber on this hugely successful production at The London Palladium when it opened in 2016. The show is now on a World Tour throughout 2017.

Top Hat - The West End stage  production at the Aldwych Theatre was the first ever stage adaptation of the 1935 RKO film of Irving Berlin’s TOP HAT starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Further productions of the show are being planned for 2018.

Bloomsbury Publishing: ‘Risotto, Risotto’

Valentina is delighted with the new edition of this highly acclaimed recipe book based on her signature dish. The book, published by Bloomsbury in association with Absolute Press incorporates a range of exciting new recipes and is now available. Order here

Massucco Wine

Valentina is the ‘Brand Ambassador’ for this bespoke family run wine producer from The Langhe hills in the Piedmont region of Italy. Overseeing the introduction of this very special selection of wines in the UK,  Valentina first introduced Massucco Wine at Blenheim Palace in May 2016 at the first of several ‘Fantastic Food Festivals’ around the country.

The Ideal Home Exhibition

Following  the success of the IHE in London and Manchester Valentina, an authority on Italian food and food culture, will return to The Ideal Food & Drink Theatre at Olympia this autumn appearing alongside a number of other celebrity chefs where you will find her bringing a selection of recipes to life.

More recently Valentina presented cookery demonstrations at ITV’s ‘This Morning Live’ event at the NEC where she shared the stage with Aldo Zilli as part of the ‘Get Waisted’ campaign run by Healthy Food magazine.

Colombia Amazonas Expedition 2017

The vast department of Amazonas is home to some 17 distinct, mainly indigenous groups, who live much as their forebears did.  Many of these live in small villages on tributaries to the Amazon and need aid.  There are few places where life flourishes in such abundance.  Sloths move languidly in the high branches, small mammals scutter around in the undergrowth and sleek Jaguars prowl the forest. 

A team of 24 visited the area in the period 10-30 May 2017 to catalogue the wildlife and give aid to the indigenous people.  Our team included a doctor, a dentist and zoologists as well as people interested in community aid work.  

Kenya Wildlife Expedition 2018

Plans are being made for a 3 week expedition in the Mt Kenya, Nanyuki area in January 2018.

This will involve community aid, wildlife studies and the use of horses to move through the lower reaches of Mt Kenya.

Speaking and Lecture Engagements - 2017

Stephen continues to entertain audiences with his highly successful talks which include ‘In the Steps of Eric Shipton’, ‘Ernest Shackleton’ and ‘Everest and Beyond’.

Antartic Expedition - January 2018

Led by Stephen to climb, ski, sea kayak and watch wildlife. The detailed prospectus for an Antarctic Expedition led by Stephen and taking place between 4 Jan to 1 Feb 2018 based on Pelagic Australis can now be viewed at:

If you are interested in taking part please contact Stephen as soon as possible to reserve a place on this trip.

South Georgia Mountaineering Winter Expedition

Stephen has completed his seventh expedition to South Georgia.  In fact he completed two expeditions, back to back.  The first trip, aboard Pelagic Australis, was to the southern Salvesen Range, where he and Skip Novak led a team to make first ascents of peaks which Stephen first admired 26 years ago when he made the first ascent of Mt Carse. Then, Stephen and Caradoc Jones joined a grand-daughter and great-grandsons of Tom Crean, to follow in their ancestor’s footprints, 100 years after he made his legendary crossing of the Island with Frank Worsley and Ernest Shackleton.

- Musical Director, Orchestrator & Composer

- Chef, Author & Broadcaster

- Explorer, Author & Motivational Speaker

- Mountaineer, Author & Motivational Speaker

- Architect & Broadcaster

Home Fires - Jambusters

Acclaimed British actresses Francesca Annis and Samantha Bond led an impressive ensemble cast for two highly successful series of this six-part drama  on ITV. Both series averaged consolidated viewing figures of over 6 million. Inspired by Julie Summer’s non-fiction book, ‘Jambusters’- the story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War, the drama followed a group of inspirational women in a rural Cheshire community with the shadow of war casting a dark cloud over their lives. The adaptation of ‘Jambusters’ into a period drama was created and written by 'Lewis' writer Simon Block.

The series has been sold to numerous territories around the world and Series 2 was recently released on the PBS Msterpiece channel in the USA. Both series are now available on Netflix.

- Author, Historian, Broadcaster & Motivational Speaker