About the Director

ADRIAN DAVIS, Director of the Chiltern Chamber Choir

Adrian Davis has conducted the Chiltern Chamber Choir since it was founded in 1976. He has also directed the Bridgewater Sinfonia from its inception twelve years ago. Most of his professional life has been spent in music education – as Director of Music at a Grammar School in Devon and later, from 1973 -1997 , at Berkhamsted School . Since 1997, he has been Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Berkhamsted.  Whilst he was at school in Salisbury, Adrian studied the organ with Dr. Christopher Dearnley at the Cathedral there. Subsequently he was taught by Nicholas Danby at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he also studied composition with Edmund Rubbra. In 1987 he was elected to an Education Fellowship at Keble College, Oxford, which enabled him to spend more time on composing and researching 18th century vocal practice. Since retiring from Berkhamsted School in 1997 he has continued to compose and has been active as a harpsichordist with the Serenata Ensemble and many other chamber groups. He is also a senior examiner and moderator with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music working both in the UK and abroad. Recently he has been privileged to have been a guest conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir, directing concerts in Leipzig and Berlin. Since 2000, Adrian has been engaged as Guest Conductor of the Bach Choir of Madrid for concerts in Madrid and Seville, including televised performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor and Handel’s ‘Messiah’. In February 2010 he directed Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ in the new auditorium in Zaragoza.