Adrian is a violinist, director and conductor who specialises in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Festival and Associate Director of the London Handel Festival and regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and London Handel Players as well as working as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America. He has also led The Revolutionary Drawing Room for over 25 years.
The London Handel Players perform regularly at Wigmore Hall and throughout Europe and North America and made their debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Adrian’s world premiere complete recordings of Leclair’s first two Books of violin sonatas were released in 2009 and 2013 on Naxos Records and Book 3 is being released on 3 discs in 2022.
He is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London, gives masterclasses in Europe and North America and has taught at Dartington and Pro Corda Baroque. He also directs an annual baroque project with the Southbank Sinfonia.
He has conducted all the major choral works of Bach as well as numerous works by Handel and his contemporaries and directed ensembles such as the Croatian Baroque Ensemble in Zagreb, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.
Plans for the 2021/22 season include conducting Messiah with the London Mozart Players, directing Bach cantatas at Wigmore Hall and the St. Matthew Passion at the Tilford Bach Festival as well as Handel and Vivaldi in the London Handel Festival. He will also be directing Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos with the London Handel Players and recording Bach’s sonatas for harpsichord and violin with Silas Wollston for Somm Records.
Founded by recorder player Olwen Foulkes, Ensemble Augelletti explores
the chamber music and concertos that were performed on London theatre
stages in the first decades of the 18thcentury.
The name Augelletti
means ‘little birds’ and references the aria ‘Augelletti che cantate’
that comes from the first act of Handel’s opera Rinaldo.
have performed on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’ and ‘Early Music’ shows, in
several UK Arts Festivals; London, Brighton, and York Early Music
Festivals. Ensemble Augelletti were winners of the FBAS young artist
competition in Italy in 2019 and are finalists of the York International
Young Artists Competition in 2022.
Their debut CD of trio sonatas
entitled ‘The library of a Prussian Princess’ was released on Barn
Cottage Records in February this year. The group's current project, ‘Pick a Card…’, kindly supported by the Continuo
Foundation, explores the historical playing cards collection housed in
the British Museum and connects different cards with different pieces
of music. This project is released in collaboration with Voces8
Foundation and Brighton Early Music Festival in the form of weekly
videos which can be viewed for free on social media channels or
on the ensemble's website -