Conductor Bows Out after 33 years with AST


What a night to remember!

Ruth and Euan Pearson two of the orchestra’s devoted fans share their experience of the Academy concert of the 3rd March.

“We have been followers of the Academy of St Thomas since our move to Norwich 13 years ago, it was with great anticipation that we went to the Swan Song of Christopher Adey’s 33 years’ conducting them along with over 400 other members of the audience – braving the abysmal weather.

What a night to remember! It had everything: a wonderful programme including the most sensitive and stunning rendering of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto by Amaury Coeytaux for which he received a standing ovation followed by a sensational heart-stopping performance of Schubert’s aptly named “Great Symphony” delivered by the orchestra with the usual gusto and panache.

It has always been evident that this is no ordinary collection of performers. The relationship between them, their soloists and of course Christopher Adey is very special and this was a fitting tribute to the years they have worked and grown together as a family.

A huge thanks to all for giving us such joy and wonderful music-making over the years and long may it continue”.

To mark, thank and recognise Christopher Adey’s extraordinary commitment of 33 years to the Academy of St Thomas, the orchestra has invited him to become their new Honorary Life President.