Ipswich Hospital Band Deputy Musical Director

Adrian Budgen

Adrian is a composer and arranger, music director and workshop leader and music publisher. His background in broadcasting, tv production, arts education and all things audio for film, media and games design has come about through working for the BBC, the
University of Warwick and the University of Suffolk. His undergraduate study was at Huddersfield University (UK) with Phil Ellis and Richard Steinitz and he graduated with a specialism in electroacoustic music. He went on to take up the post of Music Research Associate at Warwick University (UK) working on the Touching Sound and Designing Sound curriculum music projects. The nineties and the noughties brought new musical experiences and further study and he was delighted to receive an MA in Composition with Distinction after a period of postgraduate study with Alan Bullard at Anglia Ruskin University (UK).

Adrian has a particular fondness for the interplay between familiar music technologies and new music technologies and the resulting ear sharpening which inevitably accompanies such interactions. He has over time won a number of prizes for composition and been awarded commissions for original work from various ensembles, arts organisations and practitioners including:

  • Barnet Band
  • Bloomsbury Wind Orchestra
  • Ipswich Symphony Orchestra
  • Kings Lynn Hansa Festival
  • Sarah Berry (performance artist)
  • Upfront Productions
  • Westminster School Wind Orchestra
  • Woodbridge Tide Mill

employing anything from the rustle of plastic carrier bags to custom built smartphone apps – the more mainstream instruments and technology have featured also! He has recently completed a commission from the Bloomsbury Woodwind Orchestra which is in the pipeline for performance post-lockdown.

Adrian is very much looking forward to working with all at the Ipswich Hospital Band and bringing to the ensemble experience gleaned from directing and writing for a broad range of groups over the years. He is a great believer in keeping the concert band experience fresh and engaging both from the player’s point of view and that of the audience and is excited at the potential to explore a breath of possibilities for repertoire and practice with the band.