Bespoke Classical Music is the brainchild of composer and organist Adrian Brockless, a former chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral and head chorister at Guildford Cathedral.

 

At the age of seven he made his treble solo debut standing in at a day's notice to sing the first treble part of Allegri's Miserere Mei at the church of St Bartholomew-the Great in London. The following year he gained a choral scholarship to St. Paul's Cathedral where he was a chorister from 1988 -1990; whilst there, as well as the regular daily services, he was involved in, among many other things, the memorial service for Sir Peter Scott and numerous services involving the Royal Family.

In 1993 Adrian recorded Allegri’s Miserere on an album of passiontide music (Crucifixus (Herald Label)) - again as first treble.

 

Later he was involved in the production of another record - Songs of Heaven and Earth – that featured some of his father’s music and was released by Queen's College, Cambridge in 2001 (Guild Label).

Adrian has been composing since his early teens, with his work performed in recent years at various local concerts. One highlight was the performance of a “Berceuse” cradle song he had written at a concert held by the Tilford Bach Society at Farnham Castle which left the audience demanding an encore.

He has music in his blood. His father Brian Brockless was Professor of Harmony and Orchestration at the Royal Academy of Music for 20 years and senior lecturer in music at Surrey University, while his aunt Pauline Brockless was the soprano soloist in the last performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion conducted by Vaughan Williams at the Leith Hill Music Festival in 1958.

Family legend has it that there were no musicians in the family until a certain Eliza Brockless, housekeeper at a hotel where the composer Handel was staying in the early 18th Century, had an illegitimate son.

 

Adrian has had numerous public performances of his work, which have been well received.

"The Harris Quartet began and ended their programme at Farnham Castle on February 26th with a piece specially composed for them by Adrian Brockless. He was present to enjoy the sensitive first performance of this charming piece, a gentle 'Berceuse' (cradle song) in a very English style with harmonies reminiscent of Vaughan Williams. The large audience enjoyed it so much they demanded a repeat at the end of the concert..."  The Farnham Herald, March 2010