Head of the Music Service, Services For Education
Stuart joined Birmingham Music Service in 1991, prior it to becoming the charity Services For Education, as a brass teacher, then Advanced Skills teacher and following that Assistant Head to the Music Service. He became Interim Head in 2018 and Head of Service in 2019.
A musician himself – he plays the tuba as well as being Conductor of Music Society Brass Band at the University of Birmingham – Stuart graduated from the Birmingham School of Music in 1991. Since then, he has worked as an instrumental brass teacher and instructor in addition to conducting around the globe.
The Music Service works across 384 of the city’s schools, teaching music to 38,000 children. It also provides 28,000 musical instruments free-of-charge – believed to be the largest free provision in the country. It is thought to be the only music service in the country to offer a world music department to schools, so the reach accurately reflects the diversity of the city’s school population
“This is one of the most exciting roles in music in Birmingham and it is a privilege to lead a dedicated team of teachers and staff dedicated to enabling more children to enjoy music.
We face challenges of course, but our focus of bringing music to the lives of more children and adults in Birmingham is a passion that we know delivers long-term benefits.” Stuart Birnie