Stu is a post-graduate musicology researcher (Canterbury Christ Church University), investigating contemporary applications of American Composer John Cage’s work and praxis; more specifically, the musicological perspective of ‘silence’ as an extended episteme of ‘music’. 2022 is the seventieth-anniversary of his seminal silent piece: 4’33”; therefore, Stu’s research aims to capitalise on the piece’s anticipated spotlight, with articles establishing historical salience, repurposing and current relevance.
Stu is also the Deputy Chief Examiner for UK based worldwide music board Rockschool Awards Ltd, examining Grade 1-8 Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keys, Ukulele, Vocals and Professional Diplomas. The role developed into consultancy to the music board, assisting with the writing of Grades 1-8 Vocal and Piano Syllabuses, co-devising the Theory Syllabus Grades 1-8; co-devising the Professional Performance Diplomas; and solely devising the Professional Teaching Diploma syllabus.
Since 2014 and to the present day, he has worked as Syllabus Advisor to the board, and in both 2015 and 2019, his position extended to—and continues to be—the role of Deputy Chief Examiner. This at times has required periods as acting Chief Examiner, and includes line-management of the entire examiner panel (presently 125 examiners worldwide).
Examining work has been global: Europe, Malaysia, Brunei, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, China, India, S.Africa and Africa up to 2012, returning to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Ireland in 2013; Singapore, Spain, Cyprus, Malaysia in 2014; Europe in 2015; Singapore / Mexico in 2016. 2017 saw Stu working in Europe / Far East, with 2018 and 2019 requiring tours of Canada, Mexico, Andorra, China, Nigeria, Australia, South Africa and Malaysia. Estimates are c.12,000 exams and ambassadorial work across 30 countries.
Stu has written magazine articles, contributed to c.50 drum, guitar, piano, theory and vocal grade books, written Grade 7 & 8 drum pieces for Yamaha Music Board (UK), and in 2003, founded Slater Drum School which now teaches Guitar, Bass, Drums, ukulele and theory in schools / privately in Wiltshire. With c.200 weekly students, 6 teachers and 100% exam pass rate, it was incorporated to Wiltshire Music School Ltd in 2015.
Working with the likes of Annie Nightingale, Mark Hill (Ivor Novello winner), Aziz Ibrahim (Stone Roses), Lucy Spraggan (Columbia Records), Universal / Sony A&R, Stu has since 2008 worked as Head Judge across the UK for ‘Live and Unsigned UK‘, Open Mic UK’ and 'Teenstar' all run by Future Music. They are the largest UK music competitions for original artists with grand finals in the NEC and London’s O2 Arena. He works closely with Future Music seeking new talent for their ever-growing roster.
Finally, Stuart plays the drums in the magnificent Bee Gees Fever, a tribute show performing live in theatres throughout the UK.....check it out!