Adrian Butterfield has gained an international reputation as a violinist, director and conductor who specialises in period performance of music from about 1600-1900. He is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society, Associate Music Director of the London Handel Festival, Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London and teaches on the Pro Corda Conservatoire Baroque Summer Course.
He leads and directs The Revolutionary Drawing Room and The London Handel Players and directs and conducts The London Handel Orchestra as well as being invited to work as a guest with many other ensembles in Europe and North America.
A new recording of some of Handel’s Chandos works, his Chandos Te Deum and Chandos Anthem No.8, has been released recorded for the first time in St. Lawrence, Whitchurch, the beautiful church for which they were written and for the same sort of forces the composer had at his disposal.
'Butterfield's slimline performing forces fit the music like a glove. The single voices combine harmoniously in contrapuntal choruses, and unaccompanied passages are shaded poignantly. Charles Daniels’s deft navigation of a stratospheric register interweaves deftly with Nicholas Mulroy’s soaring on the highest tenor parts, Benedict Hymas delivers the lowest tenor line articulately, and Edward Grint and Grace Davidson sing the outer parts with intelligent precision. Their conversational transparency is matched by expertly stylish playing… Butterfield’s decisions make much better musical sense, and the relaxed sincerity of his musicians yields revelatory new insights.’
David Vickers, Gramophone Magazine, February 2019
'The result is a long way from larger-scale choral interpretations of this music, and the whole disc pulses with an engaging, intimate vitality.… Adrian Butterfield has chosen a fine group of soloists…. The style is crisp and vivid, with Butterfield clearly relishing the bite which his small ensemble is able to bring to the pieces…. I fo hope that Adrian Butterfield and his forces give us more.’
Planet Hugill, January 2019
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