Stuart King; clarinet


Stuart is a founder member, clarinetist and Artistic Director of acclaimed chamber ensemble CHROMA. Stuart has led the ensemble into lasting relationships, residencies and exciting associations with many internationally recognised organisations, festivals, composers and creative artists that embrace such diverse media as contemporary dance, fine art, opera, electronica, beatbox and film. Stuart works with many other leading contemporary music ensembles and tours internationally. Stuart has premiered over a hundred specially written chamber works. Recent works written for Stuart include ‘Sit, Stand, Walk’ a concerto for clarinets and ensemble by Rolf Hind for the 2011 Spitalfields Festival and Schlick’s Approximation by Marc Yeats, both broadcast by BBC Radio 3. A new double concerto for accordion and bass clarinet ‘Les √©toiles au front’ by Raymond Yiu to celebrate CHROMA’s 15th anniversary was be performed at King’s Place in February 2012 alongside 7 other CHROMA commissioned works.

Stuart also has a profound enthusiasm for education and outreach of all kinds spanning 20 years. Stuart’s extensive experience in chamber music and contemporary practice has led to close ties with most of the leading conservatoires in the UK. In addition Stuart is a Mentor at Trinity Laban, is clarinet tutor at Royal Holloway University of London and Head of Woodwind and Percussion at Highgate School. As an animateur, Stuart has devised a wide range of bespoke projects that include primary and secondary schools from the Shetland Isles to Cornwall, the UK’s major universities, London homeless shelters, the Norwegian fjords and music academies in the Far East.

When not busy making music, teaching or directing artistically, Stuart may be found walking his three dogs, tearing up the dancefloor or indeed country lanes in a sporty black number!!