Originally from Ireland, Adam moved to England to study Music at the University of Manchester, before being awarded a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and the Leverhulme Trust. Adam undertook studies in conducting with Mark Heron and Sian Edwards, and since graduating from the Guildhall he has worked regularly as a conductor, being engaged by many of the leading ensembles in the brass and wind movements in the UK and further afield. In 2013 Adam was runner-up in the European Conductor Competition in Oslo winning the prize voted for by the musicians, and later that year accepted an invitation to take up the role as Musical Director with the GUS Band – one of the foremost names in British brass banding. During Adam’s tenure the band won the Midland’s Regional Championship five times consecutively – the first band to achieve this in the contest’s history. As well as working as a guest conductor with bands throughout the U.K., Adam has also held positions associate conductor of Jaren Hornmusikkforening, and professional conductor of Ila Brass Band. Adam has worked with several leading youth ensembles, including as assistant conductor to the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, guest conductor with the Ulster Youth Orchestra, and in 2013 Adam led the South African National Youth Wind Orchestra during their Summer course, giving concerts in Pretoria and Johannesburg. In 2017 Adam was the winner of both the Jury Prize and Bursary voted for by the players in the ESB Feis Ceoil Conducting Competition with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and returned to conduct the orchestra again during their 17/18 season at the National Concert Hall in Dublin in a live broadcast radio for RTÉ. In 2018 Adam accepted the position of Resident Conductor with the Stavanger Brass Band and will relocate to Norway later in 2018.
Adam has also worked widly in education, and has been involved in a range of projects and roles working with musicians of all ages and abilities. In 2013 Adam took up the post of Music Participation Leader within the Lewisham Music Hub, having previously held the positions of Lead Brass Tutor with Newham’s pioneering ‘Every Child a Musician’ scheme, tutor of trombone at City University London, and Head of Wind and Brass for Kingston Music Service, whilst also teaching lower brass at one of London’s most prestigious school music departments, St. Paul’s Girls’ School.
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