Introducing the Artistic Director

Three Choirs 17Adrian Partington is currently director of music at Gloucester Cathedral, director of BBC National Chorus of Wales, and head of choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

In 2016, he directed his third Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester, which culminated with his conducting of Mahler's Symphony of a Thousand with the Philharmonia Orchestra, which the Birmingham Post, in a five-star review, described as 'a triumph'.

Adrian has been director of music at Gloucester Cathedral since 2008 and has taken the choir on concert tours to the USA, South Africa, Sweden and Canada and has made recordings of the music of Joubert and Gurney. He has directed the choir in many broadcast Evensongs, including those on Easter Day in 2011 and Ash Wednesday in 2014. He has commissioned almost 20 works for the choir, many of which have entered the repertoires of cathedral choirs across the UK. In September 2016 he was responsible for the inauguration of the first girl choristers at the cathedral; these choristers are aged from 8 to 13 years. Thus the cathedral is now able to offer the same opportunities for girls and boys. The girls will make their Three Choirs Festival debut in 2019.

Adrian has a busy life outside of the cathedral world. He has been chorus master of the BBC National Chorus of Wales since 2000, and prepares them for around 20 projects each year, including recordings, the BBC Proms and broadcast concerts from Cardiff, many of which he conducts himself. Last year he conducted the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the annual St David's concert. In the last part of 2016, he conducted the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the orchestra of Welsh National Opera. In May 2018 he made his Royal Festival Hall debut, conducting the Philharmonia in a programme of music by Elgar and Parry.