Director of Music, Adrian Partington

One of the UK’s most renowned choral conductors

Adrian PartingtonAdrian Partington is currently Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, Artistic Director of the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, Artistic Director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales, and Musical Director of Gloucester Choral Society.

He has been Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral since January 2008, and since then he has taken the choir on concert tours to the U.S.A., South Africa, Sweden, and, in 2015,to  Canada . The choir has performed  many times on BBC Radio 3 - including the Easter Day Evensong in 2011, and the  Ash Wednesday Evensong in 2014 - and the choir has made  critically-acclaimed cds of the sacred music of John Joubert  and of music associated with World War 1, including the first recording of a substantial motet by the Gloucester War Poet, Ivor Gurney.

Adrian has been Director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales since 1999, and has prepared the chorus for well over 100 concerts, including many BBC Proms. He conducts the Chorus in several concerts each year, for example, in 2015, concerts of the works of Thierry Eschaich, and William Mathias. Before that, he was Associate Chorus Master of the CBSO Chorus, and joint-founder and conductor of the CBSO Youth Chorus. He has worked closely with many leading international conductors, including Gergiev, Rattle, Abbado, and Haitink. In 2015, he made his debut with the Dutch Radio Choir.

As well as enjoying his several permanent posts, Adrian pursues a varied career as a conductor, a pianist and an organist. He conducts each year the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and many other professional ensembles. He has conducted the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera in several new concert works, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Opera galas and symphonic concerts across the U.K.In September2014,he conducted the Philharmonia at St. John’s Smith Square.In April, 2015, he made his debut with the Royal Flanders Philharmonic Orchestra, conducting “The Kingdom “ at the Concertgebouw, Bruges.

He studied at the Royal College of Music – with Herbert Howells amongst other fine teachers – and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he was both the Organ Scholar and an Academic Scholar. 

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