Charity Commission Registration Number: 1087409
Cantores is an independently run and independently funded choir with Charitable Status.
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Our Musical Director
Adrian Bawtree has been the Musical Director for Cantores since 2011. He is also the musical Director for the Canterbury Singers.
Adrian is Second Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral and the School Organist at The King's School, Canterbury. Prior to this he was Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex. From 2018 - 2019 Adrian held the post of Interim Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral.
Educated at Christ’s Hospital, the Royal Academy of Music and Worcester College, Oxford, he has held posts as Organ Scholar at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street; Director of Music at St Mary’s Church, Portsea and then at St Peter’s Church, Hammersmith.
In 1992 he won the silver medal from the Worshipful company of Musicians for coming top of the class in the FRCO exam. Adrian is now much in demand as an accompanist and continuo player, and he gives solo organ recitals throughout the country.
Adrian studied orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music on a postgraduate course, which he completed with distinction. Previous conducting posts include Worthing Choral Society, the Weald Choir of Crawley, Harpenden Choral Society, Guy’s King’s & Thomas’ Medical Schools Music Society and Southampton University Chamber Choir.
He has also worked with the BBC Singers and undertaken tours to the USA in one direction, and Hungary and the Czech Republic in the other.
Adrian is also a keen composer and arranger.
He has written musicals for young people and pieces which combine intergenerational forces, such as ‘Make more Sail’ which was performed in Portsmouth Dockyard by joint choirs including Cantores.
His most acclaimed work, 'Remembrance' was performed at Canterbury Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday in 2016 and on 11th November 2018, this extended piece was performed again in the Cathedral under a new title of 'Remembrance & Reconciliation' with Cantores and a choir from Kiel in Germany joining the performance.
Bach, Prelude and Fugue in G Major (541)
MA (Oxon.) FRCO LRAM
Organist, Conductor, Composer and Arranger
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