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  • Writer's pictureJoe Gehrke

A Brief History of Adrian King

Adrian has been the Principal Conductor and Director of Music for the SCSO since 2008.

Born in Lincolnshire, England, Adrian received his musical training at the Guildhall School of Music in London, specialising in Singing, Conducting, Piano and French Horn. He was also awarded an LTCL from the Trinity College of Music (LTCL stands for Licentiate of Trinity College London).

For twenty years, in the UK, Adrian regularly conducted community and semi-professional choirs, orchestras and ensembles, adjudicated in festivals and accompanied in recital series and examinations.

For fifteen years he was Director of Music at St James’ Choir School in Grimsby. He was Conductor and Choral Director of the Grimsby Philharmonic and the Bach Choirs and was closely involved with youth organisations, conducting the area's Symphonic Wind Band,

Orchestra and founding the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Youth Choir.

He migrated to Australia in August 2006 with his wife Helen to be with his family of four grandchildren and two daughters, Louise and Sarah – both professional string players.

In January 2007, Adrian was engaged as Conductor and Music Director of the Noosa Chorale and has subsequently conducted all the major works of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and the Twentieth Century repertoire.

He was appointed Conductor and Music Director of the Sunshine Coast Choral Society in the latter part of 2007. He has directed and conducted standard works from the 18th and 19th Century repertoire as well as a cappella concerts of Madrigals and Part Songs and “Miniatures”.

In July of 2010 Bach’s St Matthew Passion was performed by the Choral Society and the Chorale in which Adrian conducted to a “full house” at Lake Kawana Community Centre and the Bicentennial Hall. These same venues echoed to the operatic sounds of Verdi’s Requiem in the June of 2013. Again punters packed the halls for this Bicentenary celebratory concert of Verdi’s birth.

Adrian has directed music for the Noosa Arts production of Gigi and conducted West Side Story and just recently The Addams Family for the Pacific Lutheran College. His past repertoire of musicals in England include: Joseph, Wizard of Oz, Blood Brothers, Guys & Dolls and Godspell.

Adrian collaborates with his daughter Louise King in her “Dreaming Big” series of concerts.

In 2014 he was invited to conduct Matthew Flinders Anglican College’s 25th Anniversary Concert of Opera.

Adrian has a busy schedule, conducting, adjudicating and teaching privately.

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