Dr Stuart Morley BMus PGDip PhD DipRAM ARAM
Stuart studied piano and conducting at Trinity College of Music and musical direction at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2018 he completed his PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, researching tempo choice and tempo consistency in professional musical theatre performance.
Musical Direction credits include 'We Will Rock You' (West End), 'Only Fools & Horses' (West End), 'Elf - The Musical' (West End, UK/Irish Premiere), 'Big' (UK/Irish Premiere), 'Tommy' (UK Tour), 'This is Elvis' (UK Tour), Brian May & Kerry Ellis's 'Anthems' (Royal Albert Hall and UK Tour), 'Night of 1000 Voices' (Royal Albert Hall), 'Best of Rock Musicals' (Hammersmith Apollo), 'Love Beyond' (Wembley Arena), 'Ruth Jones' Christmas Cracker' (BBC Wales), 'The Show Must Go On' (Palace) & 'Defect' (Arts Ed). Musical Supervisor Credits include 'Only Fools and Horses' (West End), 'Big' (West End), 'Elf - The Musical' (Plymouth/Manchester), 'We Will Rock You' (RCCL, 2019 US & UK Tours, 2022 UK Tour, Denmark, Brazil, Romania, 2021, 2022 German Tour), 'Sleepless' (Troubadour), 'The Bodyguard' (Denmark & Sweden), 'West End Heroes' (Dominion), 'Eugenius' (The Other Palace), 'Peter Pan' (Wembley/Birmingham) and the annual pantomime at the Millfield Theatre in North London. Other credits include Associate Musical Supervisor of 'Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour' (National Theatre of Scotland), Associate Musical Director for the 2006 West End revival of 'Cabaret' (Lyric), Associate Musical Director of 'Wicked' (West End) and Choral Director for 'Chess in Concert' (Royal Albert Hall).
Stuart has conducted concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John's Smith Square, St James Piccadilly, Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Sage, The London Palladium and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, working with artists including Brian May, Kerry Ellis, Tony Hadley, Len Cariou, Adam Pascal and Natalie Weiss. He has conducted three of former Royal Harpist Claire Jones' albums (with the English Chamber Orchestra and London Mozart Players) and the original London Cast recordings of 'Elf - The Musical', 'Big' and 'Only Fools & Horses'. Formerly Stuart was the Principal Conductor of the Tempus Chamber Orchestra and Brent Youth Pops Orchestra.
In 2012 Stuart orchestrated and co-produced the re-release of Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé's "Barcelona" album for Universal/Mercury Songs. In 2016 he re-orchestrated Michael Rose's new production of Maltby and Shire's 'Big - The Musical' and subsequently co-produced the cast recording for Silva Screen Records. In October 2016 he was asked by the Royal Air Force to arrange and orchestrate "Comin' in on a Wing and a Prayer" for the BBC Festival of Remembrance, which was performed at the Royal Albert Hall by the RAF Squadronaires and Alexander Armstrong in the presence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Stuart has written numerous other arrangements for the RAF Bands, including the finale for the RAF100 concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018, arrangements for Dame Vera Lynn's 100th Birthday concert at the London Palladium and the finale for the 2017 Belfast Tattoo. In June 2019 he orchestrated and conducted a new arrangement of "'39" for the International 'Starmus' Festival in Zurich with Brian May and "Innuendo" for the opening of Queen's 2019/2020 World Tour.
He is on the teaching faculty at the Royal Academy of Music where he was made an Associate in 2012. Stuart lives in London with his wife, his son and their two cats, and is proud to be associated with the RAF Music, Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He was the founder and chairman of the world's first 'International Musical Director Symposium' which took place in July 2021 at the Royal Academy of Music.