Adrian Partington

Adrian Partington is a versatile musician, having achieved success as conductor, chorus master, pianist and organist. He was educated at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Herbert Howells and King's College, Cambridge where he was both the Organ Scholar and an Academic Scholar.

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He took up his post as Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral in January 2008 and is joint conductor of the Three Choirs Festival. He is also Artistic Director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, Conductor of the Bristol Choral Society and Conductor of the Chorus and Lecturer at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Since taking up the BBC appointment in 1999, Adrian Partington has prepared the BBC National Chorus of Wales for over sixty BBC Radio 3 concerts and recordings, a number of which he has conducted himself. He conducts the BBC National Orchestra of Wales several times each season. Under Adrian's guidance, the Bristol Choral Society has maintained its place as one of the leading big city choirs in the UK. Performances are given with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

He has conducted most of the standard, large choral-orchestral repertoire in the past decade: Elgar, Walton, Tippett, Bruckner, Verdi, Vaughan Williams, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. As well as regular performances with the BBC National Chorus of Wales and the Bristol Choral Society, Adrian has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in several Summer Proms and opera galas, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the English Symphony Orchestra in Orchestral progrmmes at the Three Choirs Festival, and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera.

In 2001, for Welsh National Opera, he conducted the first performance of the community opera Katerina and has subsequently conducted several similar projects, including the much acclaimed 'City Songs' project in Bristol in 2003. The Katerina project won a Royal Philharmonic Society award in 2004 and the 'City Songs' project was revived in 2007 in Birmingham to national acclaim. Each season, Adrian conducts the Mozart Festival Orchestra on their UK tours of concerts for Raymond Gubbay Limited.

When not conducting, Adrian is active as a pianist, harpsichordist and organist. He accompanies several leading instrumentalists and enjoys exploring performance practice, particularly of the 19th and early 20th centuries. His duo with the virtuoso violinist Margaret Faultless is increasingly in demand. They have given both Piano/Violin and Harpsichord/Baroque Violin recitals across the UK and in Germany. He plays continuo with ensembles such as English Chamber Orchestra, Florilegium and Collegium Musicum 90.

Adrian Partingon has performed organ solos with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Philharmonic and the CBSO. He has recorded a dozen solo CD's and given recitals across Europe, the USA and Australia.

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