BCMG Percussionist Adrian Spillett

Adrian Spillett


Adrian was appointed Section Leader Percussionist with the CBSO in 2012 and has been playing with BCMG since 2003. Adrian is Professor of Percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and works regularly with the Graham Fitkin Band, the Colin Currie Group and the John Wilson Orchestra.

In 1998 Adrian became the first percussionist to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Adrian then took third prize in the Eurovision Grand Prix for Young Musicians in Vienna. Whilst studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, in 1999 he formed the Percussion Quartet 4-MALITY.

As a soloist, Adrian has performed with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool, Royal Philharmonic and Irish Chamber orchestras. His concerto performances include Macmillan’s Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, Keiko Abe’s Prism Rhapsody II, Joseph Schwantner’s Percussion Concerto, and the world premiere of Dinuk Wijeratne’s Percussion Concerto.

Adrian’s favourite BCMG experience was performing Stravinsky’s Les Noces with Thomas Adès and the Pokrovsky Ensemble at the Cologne Philharmonie in 2006. He also thoroughly enjoyed performing György Ligeti’s Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel three times as well as making his debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall with BCMG in 2008. His finest BCMG achievement has to be designing the new BCMG Storage Gong Rack by recycling the old CBSO Centre staging: