Between 1999 and 2005, after graduating with distinction from the Masters course in composing for film and television at the London College of Music and Media (where he studied with film composer Nigel Clarke), Stuart was full-time with London music production company Mcasso, where he composed and produced music for all commercial media. He is now forging a career as a busy freelance composer and orchestrator of film, television, commercial, theatre and concert music from his home studio in north London, UK.
Stuart won industry awards for his music and sound design from early on in his career as a commercial composer, including his work on campaigns for the British Board of Film Classification, Burberry New York and the BBC's World Cup coverage. He has also scored many independentfilms, both shorts and features;a first big hit wasEMR, which won the Raindance Film Festival and went on general release in the summer of 2005 following its Cannes premiere. Stuart's soundtracks to two MMA action feature films - Underground and Bodyguard: A New Beginning - were released on CD and to download in June 2009 to rapturous reviews ("Hancock proves that his work is up there with the best that Hollywood has to offer. Expect great things from him in the future"; Darren Rea, review of Bodyguard: A New Beginning). In 2010, Stuart scored the World Cup football documentary One Night In Turin, which went on general cinematic release, and the album of his choral/orchestral score to the fantasy film Hawk has garnered many accolades on both sides of the Atlantic ("I had every expectation met with this soundtrack, and more. It is a delight to listen to"; Caleb Leland, Shadowlocked).
In 2013, Stuart began to receive considerable recognition for his film scoring, beginning with the Idyllwild Cinema Festival, California, where Hawk won Best Original Score (featurette). He was pre-selected in five categories at the Jerry Goldsmith Awards (at the International Film Music Festival, Cordoba), receiving formal nominations for Hawk in the feature category and for The Desert Treasure (Plants of Qatar) in the documentary category. The Desert Treasure duly won, and Stuart was declared Best Composer overall for his recent body of work. In September 2013, The Desert Treasure went on to win the coveted Violetta D'Oro at the Parma International Film Music Festival, Italy, and in November, Stuart's scores for the animated romantic comedy The Last Belle and the commercial Picturehouse both received nominations at the Hollywood Music In Media Awards. Stuart's fifth and sixth soundtrack albums (The Last Belle and The Desert Treasure) are due for release shortly on the MovieScore Media/Kronos Records label, and he has been commissioned to score the forthcoming second series of the popular Urban Myth Films/BBC America TV drama series Atlantis.
Also active as a composer of concert music, Stuart's commissioned works have been given premiere performances at many of London's most prestigious concert venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Roundhouse. North Cambridge Family Opera gave the US premiere of his youth opera Rain Dance in March 2014, and his most recent work - an ambitious collaborative community song project for symphony orchestra, choir and soloists called Snapshot Songs - enjoyed standing ovations for its performances at London's Barbican Centre in April. He is currently in discussions with English National Ballet choreographer George Williamson to create a new ballet of Roald Dahl's much-loved James and the Giant Peach for Sadler's Wells.
"There's something about this score that captures, for me, everything that's great about movie soundtracks. This is an emotional score that should be listened to as loud as you think you can get away with without annoying the neighbours. 10/10"