Stuart Barr is a Conductor and Creative Industries entrepreneur, fresh from a year’s sabbatical at Cambridge University Judge Business School, taking an MBA in Culture, Arts & Media Management.
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 RCA, and performed at live and televised events worldwide from the Oscars, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to Carnegie Hall.
Stuart is passionate about the synergy of creativity and technology and in 2017 he founded nSpireMe to help children accelerate their learning of an instrument by developing practice apps. He recently raised £300k in venture capital from Forward Partners Applied AI fund, with the first iOS app going live soon.
He is Chair of the London Youth Choir – the capital’s flagship youth music project – and 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.
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