Second Assistant Organist
Adrian Bawtree is currently the Second Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He teaches the organ at The King’s School and St Edmund’s School in Canterbury and is the musical director of Cantores Dominicae and The Canterbury Singers. Previous recent appointments include Acting Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral and from 2000 – 2011, he worked at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, initially as Organist and latterly as Director of Music.
Adrian studied the organ at Christ’s Hospital, progressed to the Royal Academy of Music and then to Worcester College, Oxford as Organ Scholar. He won the silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians with his Fellowship diploma, awarded by the Royal College of Organists. He has been church organist at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street; St Mary’s Church, Portsea and St Peter’s Church, Hammersmith.
Adrian studied orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music on a post-graduate course, which he completed with distinction. Previous conducting appointments include; Worthing Choral Society, The Weald Choir of Crawley, Harpenden Choral Society, Guy’s King’s and Thomas’ Medical Schools Music Society and Southampton University Chamber Choir.
Adrian is a composer and arranger, having written a number of musicals & incidental music for the theatre as well as a larger cantata charting the events of World War 1. This piece, ‘Remembrance & Reconciliation’, was performed as part of the 100 year commemorations in Canterbury Cathedral in November 2018 by a choir from Germany and local choirs. In 2020 he started a ‘singing for well-being’ supported by The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral and is involved with music projects that support climate change concerns and refugees.