Adrian Bawtree, MA (Oxon), FRCO, LRAM
Organist, Conductor, Composer and Arranger
Adrian is Second Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral and the School Organist at The King's School, Canterbury. He is Musical Director of Cantores Dominicae and the Canterbury Singers. Prior to this he was Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex.
Adrian was educated at Christ’s Hospital, the Royal Academy of Music and Worcester College, Oxford. As a church organist, he was Organ Scholar at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street; Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Portsea and then at St Peter’s Church, Hammersmith. In 1992 he won the silver medal from the Worshipful company of Musicians for coming top of the class in the FRCO exam. Adrian is now much in demand as an accompanist and continuo player, and he gives solo organ recitals throughout the country.
Adrian studied orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music on a postgraduate course, which he completed with distinction. Previous conducting posts include Worthing Choral Society, the Weald Choir of Crawley, Harpenden Choral Society, Guy’s King’s & Thomas’ Medical Schools Music Society and Southampton University Chamber Choir. He has also worked with the BBC Singers and undertaken tours to the USA in one direction, and Hungary and the Czech Republic in the other.
Adrian is also a keen composer and arranger. He has written musicals for young people and pieces which combines intergenerational forces. His most recent work, 'Remembrance' was performed at Canterbury Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday in 2016 and on 11th November 2018 this piece will be performed again in the Cathedral under a new title of 'Remembrance & Reconciliation' with a choir from Kiel in Germany joining the performance. Adrian began his passion for composing when he was a tutor at the Orpheus Centre, an organisation founded by Richard Stilgoe for young adults with disabilities.