Stuart Birnie

Head of Music Service, Services For Education, Birmingham.

Stuart Birnie

Stuart joined Birmingham Music Service in 1991 – prior it to becoming the charity Services for Education – as a brass teacher, then Advanced Skills teacher and following that - Assistant Head to the Music Service. He became Head in 2018.

A musician himself – he plays the tuba as well as being Conductor of Music Society Brass Band at the University of Birmingham - Stuart graduated from the Birmingham School of Music in 1991. Since then he has worked as an instrumental brass teacher and instructor, giving masterclasses and workshops around the world.

The Music Service works across 384 of the city’s schools, teaching music to 38,000 children. It also provides 28,000 musical instruments free-of-charge – believed to be the largest free provision in the country. It is thought to be the only music service in the country to offer a world music department to schools, so the reach accurately reflects the diversity of the city’s school population