Adrian Brown and Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra

In 2013 Adrian stepped down as Musical Director of Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra after 40 years with the Orchestra. He remains a Life Patron of Stoneleigh. Watch Adrian in this interview recorded to commemorate his 40 years of service with Stoneleigh.

  

Adrian Brown's Career

Adrian-BrownAdrian Brown comes from a distinguished line of Sir Adrian Boult’s most gifted pupils. After graduating from the Royal
 Academy of Music in London, he studied intensively with Sir Adrian for some years. He remains the only British
 conductor to have reached the finals of the Karajan Conductors’ Competition: in fact, the Berlin Philharmonic was 
the first professional orchestra he conducted. Sir Adrian wrote: ‘He has always impressed me as a musician of exceptional
 attainments who has all the right gifts and ideas to make him a first-class conductor'. In 1992 Adrian Brown was engaged to conduct one of the great orchestras of the world, the St Petersburg Philharmonic
 Orchestra.

In 1998 Sir Roger Norrington recommended him to conduct the Camerata Salzburg, one of Europe’s foremost 
chamber orchestras. In addition, Adrian has conducted many leading British orchestras including the City of Birmingham 
Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. 
He is also a great proponent of contemporary music and has several first performances to his credit.

Working with young musicians has also been an area where Adrian Brown has made a valuable contribution to British 
musical life, as well as in Europe, Japan and the Philippines. He has frequently conducted both the National Youth Orchestra
 of Great Britain (working closely with Sir Colin Davis and Sir Roger Norrington) and the National Youth Wind Orchestra. 
He regularly runs courses for young musicians, coaches gifted young conductors and was given the Novello Award for Youth 
Orchestras at the 1989 Edinburgh Festival.


He has returned to conduct at the Royal Academy of Music and regularly been selected as chairman of the jury for the 
National Association of Youth Orchestras’ Conducting Competition. In 1996 he was flown to Japan to work with the 
Toyama Toho Academy Orchestra, a visit that was received with much acclaim from all those with whom he worked. 
His many most memorable engagements have included Tippett’s Child of Our Time, Verdi's Requiem and almost the
entire oeuvre of Berlioz, Elgar and Vaughan Williams, all much admired. He received rave reviews in The Guardian for a
performance of Strauss’s Feuersnot with the Chelsea Opera Group and for his Ein Heldenleben. He has performed
 successful concerts with the Salomon Orchestra, returning to them in February 2005 for a concert at St. John's, Smith Square,
performing British music including Tippett's Concerto for Orchestra, to acclamation.


In his 60th Birthday Year, 2009, Adrian was appointed Music Director of Huntingdonshire Philharmonic and conducted 
works with many orchestras on a ‘celebration wish list’ including Sibelius’ Fourth, Mahler’s Ninth and Elgar’s First 
symphonies. He also had a major success conducting the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra in Vilnius in a nationally broadcast concert. Bromley Symphony honoured him with a 30th Anniversary/60th Birthday concert in November, where
 he was presented with a Vaughan Williams autograph letter.


In 2010 he conducted some forty concerts including an acclaimed performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in 
Ely Cathedral, Elgar’s Enigma Variations in Girona Cathedral, a stunning debut with the Corinthian Orchestra in Central
London and an important lecture to the Berlioz Society, where his CD recording from Lithuania of the Berlioz Symphonie 
Fantastique was much admired as one of the best interpretations.


The 2010-11 season included a return for two concerts with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, one in the Queen Elizabeth 
Hall. Programmes of Elgar and of Rachmaninov, the Third Symphony, were received with critical and audience acclaim. 
Adrian has since been invited to be joint principal conductor of the Corinthian Orchestra. Many concerts in Huntingdon,
 Bromley and London have included admired readings of Gerontius, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Sibelius, Nielsen’s Fifth and 
the centenaries of Petrushka and Elgar’s Second Symphony. Bromley Symphony celebrated the Mahler Anniversaries of his 
birth and death with his Fifth Symphony. Waveney Sinfonia presented a special concert of Vaughan Williams and Elgar, and
 Adrian conducted concerts at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music with Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra.


Plans for the 2011-12 season include three concerts with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra performing Elgar’s First 
Symphony in May, again in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. An Everest to climb – Bruckner’s Eighth with Bromley Symphony
– is preceded in an Autumn concert by Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Sasha Rozdestvensky as soloist. Other works in the
repertoire are Mahler’s First, Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, the Mozart and Brahms Requiems, and a Jubilee Concert in 
Ely Cathedral in June presenting Elgar’s Coronation Ode and Berlioz’s Te Deum.


Adrian Brown was one of a hundred musicians presented with a prestigious Classic FM Award at their Tenth Birthday 
Honours Celebration in June 2002.