Whilst still a student at the RAM, Stuart was appointed Director of Music to the University of London Chaplaincy (Hinde Street) – a post he held for thirteen years (1976-1989). Apart from directing a choir and student choral society, he was also responsible for orchestral and chamber concerts, providing music for BBC broadcasts, and served as Artistic Director of the Wesley Arts Festival.
Stuart was subsequently Director of Music at the Wren church of St Andrew (Holborn), where Handel was once organist; also, at Holy Redeemer (Clerkenwell), and for twenty years at the parish church of St James, Islington (London).
He is currently Director of Music at the heritage church of
Mary de Haura
Stuart was honoured in 1981 by the Incorporated Society of Musicians with their Young Artist Award and was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 1997.