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Appointed Director of Music at UEA in 2014, Stuart’s commitment to student music spans more than 20 years, first as Assistant Director at Warwick University, then Director of Music at Reading and now Director at UEA. Having been committed for so many years to the idea of making music in, for and with a community, he is keen to help UEA’s thriving culture make a distinctive contribution to music in Norwich and in the region.
Stuart’s conducting career has included work with Hanover Band, Ulster Orchestra, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic and choirs including City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Watford Philharmonic and Milton Keynes Chorale.
He began musical life as a bassoonist, dividing his time between modern and period instruments, playing with Hanover Band, London Classical Players and Alan Hacker’s multi-purpose ensemble The Music Party. He was lucky enough to do a lot of chamber music during this time – a formative influence.
As a contrast to late eighteenth century period instrument playing he founded a contemporary music group, the Parke Ensemble, which he conducted in music by Judith Weir, John Woolrich, Harrison Birtwistle and many others, broadcasting on BBC Radio 3.
He devoted himself to conducting by taking the Royal Academy of Music’s postgraduate course, studying with Colin Metters and Sir Colin Davis before becoming a Conducting Fellow at Aspen Music School in Colorado under Lawrence Foster, Murry Sidlin and Robert Spano.