HISTORY : Stuart started developing his musical & performing skills during his teenage years. During this time he taught himself guitar and began writing his own songs. He would often sing these in school assemblies, where he also worked with several vocal groups. He had piano lessons from Age 11 & studied up to Grade 8.
“Stuart has made this cruise very memorable."
Peter & Joan Robinson : Dec 2018 (Saga Pearl II)
INSTRUMENTS : As well as playing Piano, Stuart uses the latest technology in his shows - a Yamaha Tyros 5 Keyboard. In addition he plays both acoustic & electric guitars. He has also added the very popular Ukulele to his line up -using soprano and concert instruments. His latest addition for those Formby songs is a banjolele.
SINGING : Despite having had no formal training Stuart has a warm mellow voice which has been likened to that of Elton John or George Michael.
When he needs to use tracks he arranges and records his own, which are stored & played on his keyboard and iPad.
EXPERIENCE : In June 2010 Stuart gave up his 'day job' in London to perform music full time with the highly successful duo 'Serendipity'. During their 7 years performing together Serendipity worked for P&O, Royal Caribbean, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and also performed for 4 months at the 'Coco Palm' - a 5 star resort in the Maldives.
He has now been a solo artist since December 2013 and initially performed between MV Balmoral and MV Arcadia, ultimately being signed by Saga Cruises as a key resident entertainer where he performed up to March 2019.
VERSATILITY : Is synonymous with Stuart's abilities which extend from sensitive cocktail piano, chilled background songs, through to many themes sets including Classic Country, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Rock and Roll, 60s songs, Irish Night and many more. All musical styles are covered from jazz to jive, reggae to rock, singer songwriter to swing.