He was honoured in 1981 by the Incorporated Society of Musicians with their Young Artist Award.
Stuart Hutchinson has held the posts of Head of Music and Chorus Master for the Buxton International Opera Festival, Dublin Grand Opera and Wexford Festival Opera. He has also worked on the music-staff of English National Opera, Opera North, Opera 80, New Sadler's Wells Opera and the Wagner Society.
Stuart has worked in association with many eminent directors and choreographers including Sir Trevor Nunn, Jonathan Miller, David Pountney, Ian Judge, Sir Peter Ustinov, Francesca Zambello, George Abbott, George Ballanchine, Gillian Lynne, Donald Saddler and Sir Kenneth MacMillan.
For English National Opera he has conducted Carmen; for Scottish Opera Weill's The Threepenny Opera; in Berlin, the Houston Grand Opera production of Weill's Street Scene; for the London International Opera Festival La Rappresentazione di Anima e di Corpo (Cavalieri) and the British premiere of Dominick Argento's Postcard From Morocco; he conducted the world premiere of Stephen Oliver's opera Tables Meet (Royal Festival Hall); for New Sadler's Wells Opera Ian Judge's production of Bitter Sweet and The Mikado; as guest conductor at the Royal Academy of Music he conducted Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto. From 1986 to 1990 he held the post of Music Director to Morley Opera, for whom he conducted the standard repertoire and notable productions of Britten's Paul Bunyan, Les Deux Journees (Cherubini), Weill's The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (UK premiere of the complete work), Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna and Frank Martin's Le Vin Herbe (Martin centenary production).
As Guest Musical Director to Scottish Ballet he has conducted
productions of Giselle,
Extensive music-theatre engagements include conducting the world premiere production of Lloyd Webber's Aspects of Love, the award winning West End production of On Your Toes (featuring the Ballanchine ballets - La Princesse Zenobia and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue), Oliver! (NYMT/Royal Opera/Sadler's Wells Theatre), the world premiere of Carl Davis' operetta Alice in Wonderland (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith) and Salad Days (Fortieth Anniversary production directed by Ned Sherrin).
Regional theatre credits as Musical Director/Orchestrator number many classic musicals including Showboat, Carousel, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady.
As Musical Director for Jonathan Miller's company at the Old Vic Theatre productions included The Tempest and King Lear - for which he composed the score. For the Cambridge Theatre Company the premiere of Ilona Sekacz' score for Les Enfants du Paradis. He has also worked on several productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, including Les Liaisons Dangereuses (West End).
Stuart has composed, arranged and recorded the music for twenty BBC Radio plays, including When We Are Married (starring Alan Bennett and Brenda Blethyn), the twelve-part serialisation of Little Women and Good Wives, The Ceremony Of Innocence (music by Britten, with Simon Russell-Beale) and Eroica (music by Beethoven, with Alex Jennings); he also contributed to the BBC TV drama Real Women.
Apart from his work as a conductor Stuart is in demand as accompanist and coach to many leading British and International singers - recital engagements have included London's Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, BBC Radio and Classic FM.
Stuart Hutchinson is respected as a musicologist. He is a member of the editorial team for the complete Walton Edition. His edition of Walton's Troilus and Cressida, based on the composer's unfulfilled intentions, was staged by Opera North (1995), published by Oxford University Press (2003) and the Chandos recording won a Gramophone Award (1995).
Stuart Hutchinson conducted at the Barbican Centre's festival
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Stuart has made a number of appearances on BBC, Independent and Channel 4 television - including Omnibus and Pebble Mill - giving the first broadcast performance of the Six Poems of Marina Tzvetaeva by Shostakovitch. He has made a number of recordings for BBC Radio 3 of works by twentieth-century British and American composers. A recording featuring the music of Percy Grainger won the Sony Radio Recording Award for BBC Radio 4.
On disc he has conducted James Galway and the National Philharmonic Orchestra; and the Philharmonia Orchestra with Japanese soprano Michie Nakamaru (Toshiba/EMI).
Stuart Hutchinson received press acclaim for his conducting of Kurt Weill's Street Scene in Francesca Zambello's production (Houston Grand Opera/Theater im Pfalzbau, Ludwigshafen) at the Theater des Westens, Berlin.
Other engagements include concerts with soprano Lesley Garrett; for ENO, Deborah Warner's production of Janacek's The Diary of One Who Vanished (Music Advisor – ENO/Royal National Theatre/Dublin/Bobigny, Paris) and a studio workshop of David Blake’s opera Scoring A Century (directed by Keith Warner).
With lyricist Julian Woolford, he has written two major musicals – Ice!! (Andersen’s The Snow Queen) and The Railway Children; and with playwright Mark Ravenhill the choral work Litany.
Stuart Hutchinson was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997.