Adrian Bawtree

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Adrian Bawtree (born 1968) is a composer and organist. From 2009 until 2011, he served as the director of music at Christ's Hospital. For 22 years,[when?] he has been involved in the music industry. He has toured the Czech Republic, Hungary, and United States.[1] He has also worked with BBC Singers.

Personal life[edit]

Adrian Bawtree is married to Victoria Rowcroft, who is the Head of Academic Music at St Edmunds School in Canterbury. He has two children named Matthew and Theo. Matthew plays the bassoon while Theo plays the clarinet. They have a dog who is named Atticus.


Adrian Bawtree was educated at Christ's Hospital before he attended Oxford University and was organ scholar at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street. He went on to study at Worcester College, Oxford under David Sanger. He won a silver medal from Worshipful Company of Musicians and for achieving the highest in his FRCO exam. He took a postgraduate degree in orchestral conducting from Royal College of Music.[2]


Bawtree worked as a church organist in a few churches in England. He is the musical director of Worthing Choral Society,[3] and the conductor of the Weald Choir of Crawley. Bawtree worked part-time at Christ's Hospital as the chapel organist and briefly as an Assistant Housemaster. He succeeded Bruce Grindlay as Director of Music after Grindlay left Christ's Hospital Music School to become headmaster of Sutton Valence School in Kent.

In April 2014, Bawtree was appointed Assistant Sub-Organist of Rochester Cathedral, with responsibility for playing services at weekends and major festivals.[4] From September 2015, he has been the Second Assistant Organist of Canterbury Cathedral.

Bawtree occasionally conducts orchestras as well as choirs, and he composes music as well as conducting. He composed a piece for the Battle of Trafalgar and Admiral Nelson named England Expects. Bawtree has also composed a piece called Footsteps along the Road.

Adrian Bawtree also owns and operates Conducting Business.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Bruce Grindlay
Director of Music at Christ's Hospital
Succeeded by
Andrew Cleary

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