Adrian Butterfield is a violinist, director, conductor and teacher who specialises in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate Director of the London Handel Festival and regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players as well as working as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America with modern and period ensembles.

Born in London, he started playing the violin at the age of four, was a chorister at St. Paul’s Cathedral and went on to read music at Trinity College, Cambridge and study as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music. He has worked with most of the period-instrument ensembles in London. He has taken part in numerous recordings and his world premiere recordings of Leclair’s first two books of violin sonatas have been widely acclaimed.

In addition to being a founding member of the London Handel Players he also leads the period-instrument quartet, the Revolutionary Drawing Room, which has been celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. He teaches at the Royal College of Music and on the Aestas Musica baroque course in Croatia.

“How does a critic begin to describe the most perfectly performed musical experience in many years? By listing, of course, in a roll of honour, those who created it, beginning with the masterly Adrian Butterfield, whose sure direction (from the violin) and complete immersion in the idiom was undoubtedly responsible for the exceptional quality of the performance.”

Barry Creasy, musicOMH St. Matthew Passion, St. John’s, Smith Square, London 17th June 2015

"Technically and musically, Butterfield is a marvel"

Julie Anne Sadie, Gramophone Magazine, Leclair Book 2, Sept 2013


Rachel Brown  flute and recorder


Adrian Butterfield  violin


Oliver Webber  violin


Clare Salaman  violin and hurdy-gurdy


Rachel Byrt  viola


Katherine Sharman  cello and gamba


Cecelia Bruggemeyer  double bass


Peter Buckoke double bass


Laurence Cummings  harpsichord and organ


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