Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444
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Adrian studied at the Royal College of Music with Freddie Sharpe and Edgar Evans, winning the English Song Competition, and gaining a teaching diploma. He also studied piano, as joint first study, for 3 years. He went on to study at the London Opera Centre gaining a Vaughan Williams Scholarship.
Adrian's teaching philosophy can be summed up and based on the one simple word, Communication: of text, of line, of character.
His goal with BMus students is to impart a solid technical foundation, based on the principles of bel canto, firm support, and lyricism, and to assist his students in long-term career success, as well as first-hand advice on how to manage themselves in all the different aspects of the profession. With Musical Theatre students, the same basic principles apply, albeit adjusted to the differing requirements and techniques required in their branch of the profession.
In a very busy career, he has sung principal baritone roles with all of the major UK opera companies, including Opera North, (Rossini Thieving Magpie, Martinu Julietta, Britten Billy Budd) Scottish (Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos) Glyndebourne (Tchaikovski Queen of Spades) and Royal Opera (Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten, Mussorgsky Boris Godunov, Puccini La Fancuilla del West, Bizet Carmen, Giordano Andrea Chenier, Verdi La Traviata), and internationally, in Venice (Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream) Ravenna (Martinu Julietta, Weill One Touch of Venus) Cagliari (Delius A Village Romeo and Juliet) Prague (Martinu Julietta) Brno (Martinu A Greek Passion) Bregenz (Martinu A Greek Passion, Rimsky Korsachov The Golden Cockerel and Puccini La Boheme) Salzburg ( Britten Albert Herring) the Ruhr Trienale (Zimmerman Die Soldaten) Danish Royal Opera and Teatr Weilki Warsaw (Penderecki The Devils of Loudun).
He has been privileged to work alongside many of the great directors of our time, including David Pountney, David McVicar and Keith Warner, and the greatest artists of our generation, including Bryn Terfel and Jonas Kaufmann.
His concert schedule has taken him to most of the cathedrals in England, performing such works as Carmina Burana, Elijah, Beethoven's 9th, and Messiah. Recordings include The Maharal in John Casken’s Golem, Deceit in Gerald Barry’s The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit for Channel 4 Television, Don Ferdinand in Gerhard’s The Duenna for Chandos Records, Puccini’s La Boheme, and Martinu’s A Greek Passion, and Maxwell Davies’ Mr Emmet takes a Walk. Apart from his operatic and concert career, he has sung on film backing-tracks and in commercials, appeared as a support singer in various West End Musical Theatre performances, and other session and deputising work.
He was a professor of singing for six years at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and he has been a singing teacher at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for ten years, working with their Musical Theatre students, and has been an external examiner and adjudicator at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at the Royal College of Music. Apart from his other private pupils, Adrian also works with students from Goldsmiths College and Lay Clerks at Canterbury Cathedral.