Studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at St Andrew’s College of Education and with Edward Harper and Nigel Osborne at Edinburgh University. Head of Music at Balfron High School and organist at St Andrew’s Church, Bearsden. Compositions include Griminish Point and Conveyance (orchestral), Pattern of Life and The Fastest Man on Earth (choral), Unseen Vision (chamber), Strata Shift and Night Liftoff (electro-acoustic) and various settings of liturgical texts. Saltire Sinfonietta, an orchestral work in three movements, was commissioned and premiered by the Bearsden and Milngavie Youth Orchestra. Musical interests include 20th century music, jazz and music by Scottish composers.
Adrian Finnerty is a music teacher, composer, pianist, organist and examiner who lives and works just outside Glasgow. He is Principal Teacher (Learning and Teaching) of Creative Arts at Balfron High School, with responsibility for Music, Art and Design, and Drama, and has been responsible for co-ordinating and delivering a variety of staff development activities, workshops and in-service courses for teachers. He is also Organist and Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Church, Bearsden, and teaches piano, theory and electronic keyboard.
Performing experience includes: playing piano and accompanying for concerts, festivals and examinations; playing the organ regularly for church services, including weddings and other special occasions; and conducting amateur choirs, orchestras and musical theatre groups. As a composer his work covers quite a wide spectrum, including; piano solo, choral, orchestral and electro-acoustic. He studied composition with John Maxwell Geddes at St. Andrew’s College of Education in Glasgow, and with Edward Harper and Nigel Osborne at the University of Edinburgh.
Compositions include; Griminish Point, Conveyance and Saltire Sinfonietta (orchestral), Pattern of Life, The Fastest Man On Earth and Balulalow (choral), Fanfare Academica and Unseen Vision (chamber), Strata Shift and Night Lift-off (electro-acoustic), Rawley’s Patch and High-Rise Halloween (musicals), Contretemps, Kaprun and Tarbert (piano) and various settings of liturgical texts.
Qualifications include; BA(Hons) and MA in Education from the Open University; MMus in Composition, Jazz and 20th Century Music from the University of Edinburgh, DipTMus (Diploma in the Teaching of Music) from St. Andrew’s College of Education, DipABRSM (Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) in piano teaching, and the ALCM (Associate Diploma of the London College of Music) in piano performing. He is also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, the European Piano Teachers’ Association, and the Guild of Church Musicians.
Currently working on a Doctorate in Education at the University of Strathclyde, Adrian Finnerty’s responsibilities and research interests include Learning and Teaching, Creativity and Co-operative Learning. Articles and reviews have been contributed to the Musical Times, the British Journal of Music Education, Music Journal, and local newspapers.
Musical interests include: Music in Education; 20th Century Music; Piano Pedagogy, Repertoire and Technique; Jazz; Organ and Choral Music, Nationalism in Music; Music by Scottish Composers; Composing, Arranging and Conducting.