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Adrian Partington

Adrian Partington is a musician of rare versatility—a successful conductor, chorus master, pianist and organist.

In January 2008, he became Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral, and 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, Conductor of the Gloucester Choral Society and Director of the new and highly-innovative choral conducting course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Since his arrival at Gloucester’s magnificent Cathedral, he has directed the choir in broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, in the Three Choirs Festival 2009 in Hereford, recorded a CD with the Cathedral choir singing the works of John Joubert and undertaken a highly-successful tour of the U.S.A. in 2008. 2010 is his first year as Festival Director of the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester.

Since his BBC appointment in 1999, Adrian has prepared the BBCNCW for over a 100 concerts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, many of which he has conducted himself. He has conducted broadcast concerts in Hoddinott Hall the BBC’s new concert hall in Cardiff. He has also prepared choirs for some of the greatest conductors of our time e.g. Haitink, Abbado, Rattle, Tortelier and Elder. He collaborated with the late Richard Hickox on many CDs, including Stanford’s “Revenge” which won a Gramophone award in 2006.

Under Adrian's guidance, Bristol Choral Society remains one of the U.K.’s leading big city choirs, and gives its principal concerts 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. Alongside this he is Director of Music of Gloucester Choral Society who have recently initiated a youth membership section to encourage young adults to take part in choral music making.

Adrian has directed many of the country’s principal choruses –The BBC Symphony Chorus (e.g. for the opening night of the Proms in 2005), The London Symphony Chorus, The Philharmonia Chorus and the Bach Choir. He has also worked with many of the UK’s leading orchestras: regularly conducting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff, and the Philharmonia; he has directed the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Opera Galas, Summer Proms and in the Vaughan Williams Anniversary celebrations in Gloucester Cathedral in May 2008. He has toured with t he Mozart Festival Orchestra in the U.K. and Ireland, and has conducted the Philharmonia, the English Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic at the Three Choirs Festival.

When not conducting, Adrian is active as a pianist and organist. He performs with the international Baroque violinist, Margaret Faultless, giving festival recitals both in the UK and Germany, and plays continuo with the ECO, Florilegium – and Collegium Musicum 90, featuring on many Chandos CDs.

Adrian broadcasts frequently on both BBC Radio 3 and 4, making programmes with Aled Jones and others on such varied topics as the use of wordless choruses in symphonic music, multi-chorus music, preparing choirs for the Proms, Mendelssohn’s spirituality, the life of the late Richard Hickox, and Elgar’s church music.

Adrian was Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge and subsequently enjoyed organist's posts at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle and Worcester Cathedral. He has recorded a dozen solo organ CDs on various cathedral organs.

Steven Kings

Steven Kings (Accompanist) received his musical training at the King’s School in Worcester, St. John's College Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying the piano with Phyllis Palmer and Terence Beckles. He has performed around the country as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, from the 1980s, when he was a founder-member of the New Chamber Players in London, to his recent performances in a piano duo partnership with Christopher Northam. Over the past few years his solo repertoire has included sonatas by Beethoven, Berg, and Scriabin, as well as music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Janacek, Ligeti, Liszt, Messiaen, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Scarlatti, Stravinsky and Webern.

Steven lives in Bristol where he is in constant demand as an accompanist to choirs, vocal soloists, and instrumentalists. He is currently the Accompanist and Assistant Musical Director of the Bristol Choral Society and the BBC National Chorus of Wales. Since 2005 he has been Conductor of the Thornbury Choral Society, and during the academic year 2008-9 he conducted the Bristol University Singers. He is also an active and successful composer. In 1985 he won the Young Composers’ Competition at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with Snapshots for flute, saxophone, ‘cello, bass and percussion. His red land spring was a prize winner in the Tong International Piano Duet Competition in 2002, and received performances in London and Tokyo. His output includes a number of piano works and several choral pieces. His haiku mass, for choir and brass, was nominated for a British Composer Award in 2003, and Songs of Mary and Simeon (a setting of the Canticles) was performed during the 2005 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.

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