Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

RAA conducting photo

Richard Adamson

Born in 1985 in St. Asaph, North Wales, Richard learned piano from an early age and was Head Chorister at St. Asaph Cathedral where he sang regularly for sixteen years. It was here that he first conducted at the age of 14, filling in for the organist before a permanent appointment was made. After singing in a performance of Fauré’s requiem at the age of 16, he decided play the viola and began studying the instrument which he still plays in orchestras around the country. In the sixth form, his music teacher suggested that he conduct an instrumental ensemble, and he has never stopped since.

In 2003 he went to Downing College, Cambridge to read music. He sang in Trinity College Chapel Choir under Richard Marlow’s direction and began to study conducting.  After graduating, he gained a Masters Degree in Composition from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2009 where he combined his principal studies with further lessons in conducting, singing and viola.

He is currently studying for a PGCE, to teach secondary level Mathematics, at the University of Cumbria. He worked as a peripatetic violin and viola teacher for Wrexham County Council, where he conducted Wrexham Symphony Orchestra and was Principal Conductor of Oswestry Sinfonia, and continues to conduct several instrumental and vocal ensembles including school string ensembles.  He is conductor of the annual performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in Tremeirchion, which celebrated its fifty-first performance in March, and regularly conducts Crosby Symphony Orchestra.

Richard currently lives in Lancaster, where he continues to compose, and is keen to introduce people to classical music and believes that it is still as relevant to people’s lives today as any art, from any period of history.