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Stuart Barr is a Conductor and Creative Industries leader, 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.

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 on musical matters: and recently presented the R4 documentary on composer Angela Morley.

Stuart is passionate about the synergy of creativity and technology. Watch this space for news of his entrepreneurial endeavours!

Scroll down for some of his career highlights

Conducting

Stuart has conducted diverse artistes from Dame Shirley Bassey, Alfie Boe, Andrea Bocelli, Paloma Faith, Elton John to Sting. From 2009 to 2016, he was Dame Shirley Bassey’s musical director and conducted her worldwide from the Oscars, Carnegie Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace, Wales Millennium Stadium, the Cannes Film Festival to the Monte Carlo Opera House. TV performances included Strictly Come Dancing, Graham Norton Show and the Royal Variety Show.

As well as collaborating with many major British orchestras on these projects, he has also guest conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in concerts of classic film and stage music.

He also conducted and co-produced Shirley Bassey’s final album, Hello Like Before. Watch him tell the story of recording it with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road for RCA:

 

Strategic Leadership

Stuart is the non-Exec Chairman of the London Youth Choir. Only five years old, the organisation has rapidly grown from a start-up to a flagship youth project for the capital. Championing both excellence and diversity, it  brings together over 200 young singers aged 7-21 from across London in a pyramid of five choirs, and helps thousands more each year in educational projects across London. Stuart has recruited a high-calibre board and Executive Director, and overseen extensive organisational change and fundraising expansion.

He was President (Exec Chair) of the British Voice Association 2009-2010, which brought together the country’s leading singing teachers, voice researchers and medics to champion the latest voice research.

He founded Roar of the Crowd Ltd: designing corporate singing workshops for  blue-chip clients from McKinsey, BT, EE, EY, LOCOG and Interserve. He recruited a led a team of facilitators to deliver workshops for over 10,000 participants over 5 years.

He has produced or curated many musical events, from albums through to St George’s Day concerts in Trafalgar Square.

Stuart has a passion for bringing together leading stakeholders in the Creative Industries. At Judge Business School, he recently chaired a round table with the Digital Minister, Matt Hancock; and interviewed the CEO of IMDb, Col Needham.

Media Appearances

Stuart has contributed to many radio and TV programmes on music and voice across the BBC and Channel 4. He was on-screen mentor for C4’s landmark series Hidden Talent: finding objective ways to root out latent singing talent. Click below to hear his BBC Radio 4 documentary on the extraordinary life and music of Angela Morley (a.k.a Wally Stott)

Musical Variations: The Life of Angela Morley

 

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