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Adrian York – MusicTank

Adrian York

Associate & Researcher

Consultancy interests include: creativity; communication; and leadership

Adrian York was educated at St. Paul’s School, at Sussex University where he studied composition with Jonathan Harvey, and at the Guildhall School of Music where he took courses in arranging for orchestra and jazz ensemble and studied piano with Carola Grindea and John Taylor.

Adrian started his professional career playing keyboards in the chart-topping 80s boyband Roman Holliday. Since then he has worked as a session musician, musical director, songwriter or record producer for artists as diverse as Mari Wilson, Ronny Jordan, Seal, Shirley Bassey, Jimmy Ruffin, cabaret star Barb Jungr, award-winning jazz singer Ian Shaw. Girltalk and Working Week. He has also built a career as a media composer with many credits in TV, radio and commercials including BBC1 drama Down To Earth and ITV’s Nigella and Saturday Cooks.

As record producer and arranger Adrian York has worked with some of the great British voices of the 21st century including Mari Wilson, Claire Martin, Barb Jungr and Ian Shaw.

Adrian has taught at The Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, University of Westminster, London College Of Music, Brunel and Thames Valley Universities. He was a tutor at BRIGHTON ROCK (Musician’s Union summer school) and made appearances and gave workshops with the Musician’s Union Muzictech Band. For Jazz FM he ran the Jazz FM JAZZWORKS school workshop programme delivering over 60 workshops in schools in the London area.

Other education work included contributing modules to the National Syllabus, training young bands to play at Buckingham Palace for the Prince’s Trust and in his role as syllabus director creating new exam syllabi for Rockschool for electric guitar, bass, drums and popular piano.

Adrai also runs creativity, communication and leadership workshops which are attended by executives from many major companies. In particular he has worked with the HR department at Disney creating and delivering content for their top-executive training programmes.