Adrian Snell has a musical career which spans nearly four decades. During this time he has produced twenty-three original albums: seventeen solo albums and six major concept works. His major commissions include: ‘The Virgin’ from the BBC, ‘The Passion’, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and premièred on BBC Radio One, The Cry: A Requiem for the Lost Child, premièred at St Paul’s Cathedral in aid of Save the Children, and numerous Dutch commissions including HTV’s special musical documentary ‘Song of an Exile’ recorded at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem.
In the late 1990s Adrian semi-retired as a professional musician to train as a music therapist*. This was a bold move by an artist whose albums and concerts attracted audiences across Europe. Adrian now works as a Music Therapist and Arts Therapy Consultant for children with special needs at Three Ways School, Bath, and regularly visits a school in Korce, Albania.
Through his work as a music therapist Adrian has drawn inspiration to record a new album, ‘Fierce Love’, with songs and instruments that draw inspiration both from the relationships he has formed, and the extraordinary range of instruments that are central to his work and now contribute to the unique soundscape of the album. ‘Fierce love’ has all the hallmarks of an Adrian Snell album: rich sound textures, haunting melodies, intelligent lyrics - and a remarkable ability to connect the listener with the subject of the songs at a profound level.
‘Fierce Love’ is was released on the 28th September 2013. You can click here to purchase a copy from this website, iTunes and Amazon. To keep up to date with developments please do ‘follow’ and ‘like’ us on Twitter and Facebook.
A BBC Radio 4 programme around ‘Fierce love’ and Adrian’s music therapy work at Three Ways School will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on the 6th October 2013 at 8.10am.
* Adrian is a fully trained Music Therapist holding the post graduate diploma in Music Therapy (Dip. Mus. Th.) awarded by the University of Bristol through the Faculty of Medicine.