The pianist Stephen Hough is regarded as one of the most exciting British musicians of his generation. His career takes him around the world and he has won many awards for his recordings. His compositions include a Cello Concerto and a Mass for Westminster Cathedral. But music is just one part of his life. Hough is a Roman Catholic who converted while in his teens having been brought up in a Protestant family. Religion plays a major part in his life and he has published one book The Bible As Prayer and numerous articles on theological issues. He also regularly discusses the issues of being a gay Catholic. In this interview with Norman Lebrecht Stephen Hough talks about these issues and about repertoire, his early life and his near death experience in a car accident.