The Conductor Adrian Brown was born in Ipswich, Suffolk in 1949. With his parents amazing encouragement he showed an interest in music from an early age, even in his pram, beating time to the radio programme, 'Music While You Work!' He attended Northgate Grammar, encouraged particularly by a wonderful English Teacher. On playing for Britten he decided his life would be in music, initially as a violinist. In spite of the chance to go to University he entered the Royal Academy of Music in London for four years from 1968 studying composition and conducting. He won many prizes on the rostrum and, on leaving the Academy, studied conducting privately with Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Colin Davis.
In the last fifty years Adrian has conducted some thirty orchestras in Great Britain including the Oxford University Orchestra, BBC Orchestras and Bromley Symphony with whom he has been Music Director for forty years. He has conducted all over the continent and performed with St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra as well as in 1975 being the only British Conductor ever to reach the finals of The Herbert Von Karajan Conducting Competition. He devoted many years to conducting youth orchestras most particularly Stoneleigh Youth and the National Youth.
He is as busy as ever directing his own newly founded Elgar Sinfonia in London, many other concerts and giving lectures and talks on his beloved Elgar and the French composer Berlioz. For services to both musicians he has been awarded the Berlioz and Elgar medals. He also gives talks on his craft and life entitled 'The Art of Course Conducting' endeavouring to explain the mysteries of his art! He is married, lives in North London and has two daughters and four grandchildren.
Adrian said: "I am delighted to be an Ambassador for the Dame Vera Lynn Children's Charity. On visiting the superb centre I was struck with what amazing work takes place. I saw how important it is that not only how many children can be helped on an invigorating path in life but how parents can be supported in their determination to bring up their children. I shall be devoted to raising funds in any way I can and for any aspect of the Charity's work but especially, being a musician, I shall focus as much energy as I can in sustaining the music therapy sessions; finding ways of raising funds with many of my orchestras and musical colleagues. I wish Pilar and her team all the very best in all they do."
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