Adrian Griffiths (Musical Director)
Adrian Griffiths started piano lessons when six, violin lessons a few years later and organ lessons with Dr. Noel Rawsthorne when 11.
On completion of his honours degree in Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, he began work for Kenneth Tickell & Co. Organbuilders, and helped build many organs such as those in Douai Abbey, Oakham Parish Church and a chamber organ for Westminster Abbey. After a brief change of career, gaining his PGCE at Oxford University and teaching at Northampton School for Boys, he came back to Merseyside to work for David Wells Organbuilders Ltd.
Adrian is a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and has frequently sung solos with them, including the bass solo on their recording of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and has also conducted a sub-choir in a performance, and recording, of Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony.
Adrian has played the Organ with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and given Organ recitals in many Cathedrals in England and Wales, as well as venues in Germany, Austria, Poland, Spain, and the amazing Auditorio de Tenerife. He is much in demand as an accompanist and has most recently played for The Keble Choir, Chester Music Society and St. Nicholas Singers in Stockholm, Krakow, Salzburg and Ghent.
For 20 years Adrian was a Lay Clerk at Liverpool Cathedral and sang six choral services each week, on outstanding choral recordings, radio and TV broadcasts and on tours throughout Europe and USA. He frequently rehearsed and conducted the Cathedral Choir and Directed the Upper Voices Evensongs. He was appointed Musical Director of the St. Peter’s Singers, Heswall’s Choral Society, in 2007 and has recently returned to Port Sunlight Choral Society as Director of Music, a post he previously held for 8 years.
Outside of music, Adrian’s major passion is for Classic Cars and he has an unfathomable affection for Reliant Scimitars.
Robert Woods (Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist)
Robert Woods was born in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, in 1986. His interest in music began when he started his secondary education at the Royal School in Armagh, where initially he studied trumpet. At the age of 11 he joined St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, and commenced study of both piano and voice with Canon Martin White, the then Organist and Master of the Choristers.
After initial study of the piano, Robert began to learn organ. Later he was appointed first trumpet and brass leader of the South Ulster Academy Orchestra and second trumpet of the South Ulster Youth Orchestra.
A few years later Robert was appointed organ scholar of Armagh Cathedral, and Vicar Choral, before also being appointed Director of Music at Tartaraghan and Diamond-Grange Parish. It was here that his compositions began to be performed, and where he began to work more closely with amateur singers. During this time he gained a place in the Ulster Youth Choir, and became a singer and accompanist with Cantelina, the Regal Singers and the Charles Wood Singers, under direction from David Hill.
After leaving school, Robert decided to study Biochemistry and Music at Keele University, but he later decided not to pursue this combination. At Keele he was the official accompanist for the Keele Bach Choir and the Keele Philharmonic Society. It was at Keele that he began to develop an interest in politics, fencing and lacrosse.
After a gap year, during which he was a Verger in his home Cathedral of Armagh and won an all-Ireland carol composition competition, Robert decided to pursue a degree in Music and Politics at Liverpool Hope University. He is currently a joint Choral and Organ Scholar at the University, as well as the accompanist for the University’s chamber choir. Robert receives organ tuition from Timothy Noon (Director of Music at the Metropolitan Cathedral), and he is a counter-tenor choral scholar at the Cathedral. More recently he has also been appointed the accompanist for the Frodsham and District Choral Society.