Stuart McCallum appointed RNCM Deputy Head of Popular Music

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart McCallum as Deputy Head of Popular Music.

A composer and guitarist of considerable facility and creativity, Stuart rose to prominence writing for and playing with the Cinematic Orchestra, on their Ma Fleur and Live at the Albert Hall albums. In addition, he contributed to their award-winning Disney nature documentary soundtrack, The Crimson Wing, and their remix of Radiohead’s Exit Music for a Film for the band’s compilation album Exit Music: Songs for Radio Heads.

His varied career has involved collaborations with electronic artists such as Jordan Rakei, James Zoo, JP Cooper, Richard Spaven and Bjork percussionist Manu Delago; performances alongside Jose James, John Surman and Kenny Wheeler; recordings and performances with jazz stars including Ari Hoenig, Ira Coleman, Mike Gibbs, Gwilym Simcock, and Dan Weisz; as well as performances with prominent folk artists, such as Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick and John Smith.

He said: ‘I’m very pleased and honoured to be appointed Deputy Head of Popular Music. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the talented students and staff to create some innovative music and musicians.’

In 2015 the RNCM became the UK’s first conservatoire to offer a four-year BMus degree in Popular Music. Embracing innovation, diversity and change, the College now trains students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels to become professional performers and independent original artists through a combination of intensive study and real-world experience.

Stuart, who currently teaches guitar at the College, will start his new position in January, working closely with Andy Stott, Head of Popular Music, to further develop the programme.

Andy Stott said: ‘I’m delighted that we were able to appoint Stuart as the new Deputy Head of Popular Music. He is a world-class musician and educator, and his creative skills as a performer, composer and producer will have a major influence on the future development of our programme. I’m very much looking forward to working with him in his new role.’ 

1 November 2019