Stuart Barr is a Creative Industries entrepreneur and Conductor, fresh from a year’s sabbatical at Cambridge University Judge Business School, taking an MBA in Culture, Arts & Media Management.
Stuart is passionate about the synergy of creativity and technology and in early 2018 he founded nSpireMe to solve some of the strategic challenges in music education, raising £0.3m in venture capital from Forward Partners Applied AI fund. nSpireMe’s two products aim to fix the problem of children’s music practice. Practissimo uses conservatoire-level music students to help children make their practice more effective, creative and fun via Skype. nSpireMe’s iPad app Let’s Play Violin accelerates children’s progress by giving them instant feedback on their pitching and rhythm as they practice.
As a conductor, he works at the intersection of classical and popular music, with many leading British orchestras. He was musical director to Dame Shirley Bassey from 2009-2016, and conducted and produced her final album for Sony RCA, and performed at live and televised events worldwide from the Oscars, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to Carnegie Hall.
He was Chair of the London Youth Choir for 3 years – the capital’s flagship youth music project – and is a former President of the British Voice Association. For 15 years, he was on the professorial staff at the Royal Academy of Music as a vocal coach. He is also an occasional broadcaster and writer on musical matters: and recently presented the BBC Radio 4 documentary on composer Angela Morley.
His daughter Izzy and Stuart came second on Channel 4’s Legomasters 2018, including a master build entitled “Change The World” displayed in the Design Museum.
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