Adrienne Spilsbury was born in North Wales, and during her teens
performed regularly with the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, Chester
Orchestral Society, Chester Symphony Orchestra, the North Wales
Youth Orchestra. She was the violinist in a performance of
Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier's Tale’ in St Giles parish church,
Wrexham, and was also the pianist for the Prince School of Ballet
examinations and shows.
Adrienne studied musicology at the Royal Northern College of Music between 1982 and 1986, graduating with first class honours. She undertook her thesis on Berlioz under the tutelage of Doug Jarman. During her time at RNCM, she was a regular member of the college symphony orchestra and performed in several operas.
Since her graduation, whilst she has made her career in IT, Adrienne has played an active part as a violinist and violist in amateur chamber and symphony orchestras in the Manchester area. She has lead and participated in ensembles including: Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra, and Stockport Festival Chorus; Wilmslow Operatic Society; the Capriccio, Divertimento and Vale Royal String Orchestras; and the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra. Her current chamber music focus is the piano trio and quintet repertoire, and she is working to set up a venue for performances of chamber works by local amateur players.
Adrienne’s compositional style is firmly rooted in the British string music tradition. Her original works and arrangements are approachable and rewarding for players and audiences alike. She enjoys arranging popular works for string quartet and string orchestra, as well as enhancing the string repertoire with original works. Her three Suites for Strings were all premiered by the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra between 2010 and 2013. Her first String Quartet, which came about from a spring visit to Bodnant Gardens in North Wales, received its premiere by the Deconet String Quartet in summer 2013 at the Didsbury Arts Festival Fringe and the Buxton Festival Fringe. The Hayfield Singers Christmas Concert in the High Peak included her Christmas Carol for a cappella choir, ‘Rock-a-Bye’.
Adrienne is currently working on two projects: a song cycle for tenor and strings and a commission for the Concordia String Orchestra’s 25th anniversary.