In a career spanning almost 30 years, Adrian has covered a broad spectrum of historical trombone playing ranging from Baroque, Classical & Romantic on period instruments through to the modern orchestral trombone. He has performed with some of the world’s finest period instrument orchestras such as The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hanover Band, King’s Consort, English Concert, English Baroque Soloists, Collegium Vocale Gent, Concerto Palatino & Cappella Mediterranea and in 2019 he made his debut with The Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. He also continues to work on the modern trombone and has worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia (CLS & Opera Holland Park), The Ulster Orchestra, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orquesta Filhamónic de Gran Canaria, Bournemourth Symphony Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, (Abbado/Harding)

Adrian has many teaching commitments and in 2018 he was appointed Professor of bass sackbut at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama (the first such appointment in the UK) and is also guest professor of sackbut at the Academy of Music, Ljubljana. He has been guest brass adjudicator at The Royal College of Music, for The BBC Young Musician of the Year and in 2019 was a judge for the International Brass & Woodwind competition, Varaždin, Croatia. After 10 years of service, Spring 2021 sees Adrian leaves his role as Head of brass studies and trombone tutor at Newcastle University to focus on his other commitments.

He is a founder member & co-director of The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble which celebrated it’s 25th anniversary and is a member of Musica Antiqua, Salzburg. In 2018 he also founded The Concert Trombone Quartette – a new ensemble under his direction specialising in historically informed performance practice which was based on a group of the same name founded in London in 1892 and they are currently working on multiple projects including concerts, recitals and recordings spanning 400 years of trombone repertoire.


Research is a large part of Adrian’s work – primarily performance-based projects and he is currently working on many projects with a number of high profile conductors and ensembles for future collaborations. In 2009, Adrian was awarded an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his significant contribution to the trombone and in 2015, he was accepted as a member of The Royal Society of Musicians.

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