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The Executive


Adrian Bawtree MA (Oxon.) FRCO LRAM


As well as being the Musical Director of Cantores, Adrian Bawtree is also an Organist at Canterbury Cathedral. He teaches piano and organ at The King’s School Canterbury and is a facilitator for the charity Sing For Your Life, which delivers participatory singing for older people, including those living with Dementia.


Adrian is also a guest conductor for the Dorking Chamber Orchestra. From 2000 - 2011 he worked at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, initially as Organist and latterly as Director of Music.


Adrian studied the organ at Christ’s Hospital and progressed to the Royal Academy of Music and then as Organ Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford studying with the late David Sanger. In 1992 he won the silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians for coming top of the class in the Fellowship diploma awarded by the Royal College of Organists. He has been church organist at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street; St Mary’s Church, Portsea and St Peter’s Church, Hammersmith.


Adrian has given solo organ recitals throughout England and is also much in demand as an accompanist & continuo player. He has also worked with the BBC Singers. He has undertaken tours to the USA in one direction and to Hungary & the Czech Republic in the other.


Adrian studied orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music on a post-graduate course, which he completed with distinction. Previous conducting appointments include; Worthing Choral Society, The Weald Choir of Crawley, Harpenden Choral Society, Guy’s King’s and Thomas’ Medical Schools Music Society and Southampton University Chamber Choir.


Adrian is a keen composer and arranger, having written a number of musicals & incidental music for the theatre as well as a larger cantata based commemorating the start of World War 1. This piece was performed by the Dorking Chamber Orchestra in May 2014, by Cantores in Sandgate in November and by the Portsmouth Festival Choir a few weeks later in Portsmouth Cathedral.




Our Musical Director



Adrian Bawtree has been the Musical Director for Cantores since 2011.  He continues to work tirelessly for the choir and I truly believe he is the best Musical Director we have ever had.  


Adrian is caring, supportive and good humoured.  He makes rehearsals fun whilst being challenging and brings out the best in the group, with his patience and determination for us to achieve the best result.  


He pays attention to detail with programme planning which really pays off as the pieces are a joy to sing and much appreciated by our audiences.  


Adrian's musical expertise is second to none and it has been an honour to peform his especially arranged pieces. We are very fortunate to have him as the head of our team.  


Maddy Scarre  (Chairman - Cantores 2010 - 2015)