Stuart read music at Durham University where he was Assistant Organist at St Oswald’s Parish Church. He studied organ with Martin Neary and Richard Lloyd, and the university course included Palaeography, Acoustics, Criticism and Improvisation. His media career began while he was a student, by making features for BBC Radio Solent; his first paid job was an interview with the composer John Tavener.
He subsequently joined the BBC staff as a studio manager and served a number of production attachments to BBC World Service Music, BBC Religious Programmes Radio, and the Radiophonic Workshop. After five years as a Director of Music at Rydal Preparatory School in Colwyn Bay, he returned to broadcasting as a freelance reporter, producer and trainer. He has contributed extensively to BBC Radio Wales, reported for BBC radio and tv. For several years he contributed quality audio features to a number of network radio programmes including Radio 4’s You and Yours.
Throughout this time, he has continued to work as a church organist and conductor. He is the RSCM’s Coordinator in Wales; in 2007 he was awarded honorary membership of the charity for services to church music.