Adrian 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 Conductor of Gloucester and Bristol Choral Societies.
He has been Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral since January 2008, and since then has taken the choir on concert tours to the U.S.A., South Africa and Sweden, performed several times on BBC Radio 3 – including the Easter Day “live” Evensong this year – and has made a critically-acclaimed cd of the sacred music of John Joubert.
Adrian has been Director of the BBC National Chorus of Wales since 1999, and has prepared the chorus for over 100 concerts, including many BBC Proms. Before that, he was Associate Chorus Master of the CBSO Chorus. He has worked closely with many leading international conductors, including Gergiev, Rattle, Abbado, Haitink and so on.
As well as enjoying his several permanent posts, Adrian pursues a varied career as a conductor, a pianist and an organist. He conducts each season the Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra , the English Symphony Orchestra,and many concerts for the concert promoter Raymond Gubbay Ltd – this year, for example directing performances as far afield as Lucerne and Dublin. 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.
Adrian 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.
As an organist, Adrian has performed at all the principal venues in the U.K., and has toured in the U.S., Australia, and Scandinavia. He has played organ solos in concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the C.B.S.O.
He has recorded a dozen solo cds, including the complete sonatas of Gustav Merkel, and the complete works of Basil Harwood.