A drummer by trade with UK touring/studio session work under his belt, Stu acts as Deputy Chief Examiner for the UK music board Rockschool Ltd, examining Grade 1-8 Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Uke, Vocals and professional Diplomas. The role developed into consultancy to the board, assisting writing Grades 1-8 Vocal and Piano Syllabuses, co-devising the Theory Syllabus and Professional Performance Diplomas; plus devising the Teaching Diplomas syllabus. From 2013-pres he has worked as Syllabus Advisor and in both 2015 and 2019, his position extended to Deputy Chief Examiner, overseeing the Chief Examiner role. This includes line managing the entire examiner panel and is current to the present day (Oct 2019).
Examining work has been worldwide: 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.10,000 exams and ambassadorial work across 30 countries.
Stu has written magazine articles, contributed to c.50 drum, guitar, piano, theory and vocal gradebooks, written Grade 7 & 8 drum pieces for Yamaha Music Board (UK), and in 2003, founded Slater Drum School which now teaches Guitar, Bass, Drums, Uke, 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 drums in the magnificent Bee Gees Fever, a tribute show performing live in theatres throughout the UK.....check it out!