Guest Conductor – Adrian King


Adrian was born in Lincolnshire, England. His fondest musical memories are of singing and conducting the rich choral tradition that exists throughout the UK.

He received his musical training at the Guildhall School of Music in London, specialising in Singing, Conducting, Piano and French Horn. He was also awarded an LTCL from the Trinity College of Music.

For 20 years in the UK, Adrian regularly conducted community and semi-professional choirs, orchestras and ensembles. He adjudicated in festivals and accompanied in recital series and Associated Board Music examinations. For fifteen years he was Director of Music at St James’ Choir School in Grimsby. He was Conductor and Choral Director of the Grimsby Philharmonic and the Bach Choirs and was closely involved with youth organisations, conducting the area’s Symphonic Wind Band, Orchestra and founding the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Youth Choir.

He migrated to Australia in August 2006 with his wife Helen to be with his family of four grandchildren and two daughters, Louise and Sarah – both professional string players.

In January 2007, Adrian was engaged as Conductor and Music Director of the Noosa Chorale and has subsequently conducted all the major works of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and the Twentieth Century repertoire. 

2014 was a milestone in the life of the Chorale as it celebrated its vicennial birthday since its establishment and in June Adrian conducted the celebrated Handel’s Messiah, this was closely followed with a Gala Concert in October of a kaleidoscopic content from past programmes; Beethoven’s Choral Symphony, excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms Requiem and in total contrast a Beatles Medley! 

He was appointed Conductor and Music Director of the Sunshine Coast Choral Society in the latter part of 2007. He has directed and conducted standard works from the 18th and 19th Century repertoire as well as a cappella concerts of Madrigals and Part Songs and “Miniatures”, 

In July of 2010 Bach’s St Matthew Passion was performed by the Choral Society and the Chorale in which Adrian conducted to a “full house” at Lake Kawana Community Centre and the Bicentennial Hall. These same venues echoed to the operatic sounds of Verdi’s Requiem in the June of 2013. Again punters packed the halls for this Bicentenary celebratory concert of Verdi’s birth.

Adrian has directed music for the Noosa Arts production of Gigi and conducted West Side Story and just recently The Addams Family for the Pacific Lutheran College. His past repertoire of musicals in England include: Joseph, Wizard of Oz, Blood Brothers, Guys & Dolls and Godspell.

Adrian collaborates with his very talented daughter Louise in her “Dreaming Big” series of concerts, and was privileged to conduct a very talented orchestra at Eudlo in the June of 2014, a programme of “Romance and Fire” and again in December of the same year “Christmas Spirit”.

Also in October of the same year he was invited to conduct Matthew Flinders Anglican College’s their 25th Anniversary Concert of Opera.

In the latter part of 2008 he was engaged as Conductor and Music Director of the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra, and his programmes with them have included Best of British, An Australian Afternoon, The QLD 150, Military Concerts and the prestigious 40th Anniversary Gala Concert programme in 2012.

He has also regularly conducted programmes of ‘Light Music’ at Coolum, ’The Classics’ as part of the Arts Festival at Kenilworth and the celebrated series of “Proms” Concerts at Lake Kawana, Noosa and Mount Mee.

2014 was a sabbatical year from the orchestra for Adrian and he has much pleasure in now returning as a “Guest Conductor” for the next 2 programmes and then consequently will take up the post of “Resident Conductor for the 2016 series of Concerts.

Adrian has a busy schedule, conducting, adjudicating and teaching privately. He is currently Head of Instrumental Music at the Pacific Lutheran College.