Our musical director is Stuart Whatton.
Stuart Whatton’s musical career began at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School and later took him to University College Oxford, where he was organ scholar from 1981 to 1984. After 14 years in the Civil Service, including two years as Private Secretary to the Attorney General (his original degree having been law), he decided to follow his heart into music full-time, and this led to a B.Mus with 1stclass honours from King’s College London, where he also won the Purcell Prize. Following PGCE studies at Cambridge, Stuart pursued a schoolteaching career for eight years, running a variety of school music departments in Dorset, Essex and Scotland.
In past chapters of his life, Stuart has been Assistant Organist to the Parish of Waterloo, Organist of the Ealing-based Questors Choir, and Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Southwark. His varied performing career has included appearing in a jazz piano sketch on Channel 4’s Banzai!, accompanying an international youth choir at a plenary session of the United Nations in Geneva, and a role in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, as part of Danny Boyle’s ‘cast of thousands’.
A Fellow of both the Royal College of Organists and the Royal Society of Arts, Stuart has been Director of Music at Esher Parish Church in Surrey for the past eight years. Since 2015, he has also been Artistic Director of Music-at-Hill, one of the leading concert societies in the City of London (based at the Wren church of St Mary-at-Hill near Monument) and this August he will curate his second Summer Music Festival at St Lawrence Jewry (the official church of the Lord Mayor of London). In his spare time, Stuart sings with the Chapel Choir at Guy’s Hospital and plays tenor sax in the London Saxophone Choir.