Adrian Lenthall held organ scholarships at Westminster Abbey (under Simon Preston) and Emmanuel College, Cambridge; he studied organ and piano at the Royal College of Music, where he gained the Fellowship diploma of the Royal College of Organists at the age of eighteen, and read music at Cambridge University, where he was awarded the university’s John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music. While a student he gave solo performances in King’s College, Cambridge, St. John’s College, Cambridge, Ely Cathedral, the International Congress of Organists and Fort Worth, Texas. His teachers included Jonathan Rennert, John Scott, Thomas Trotter, Arthur Wills, Richard Popplewell and Nicolas Kynaston.
After university he trained as a psychodynamic counsellor at Birkbeck College and as an organisational consultant at the Tavistock Clinic. He worked as a counsellor for a decade in further education and at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, and has taught, consulted and supervised in the public and voluntary sectors. A number of his poems have been published in poetry magazines including Magma, Staple, Smiths Knoll and Other Poetry.
Music began to assume a more central role again in 2006 after a period of recuperation from illness spent immersed in J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue, which also ignited Adrian’s interest in early keyboard instruments. Currently he combines a broad teaching practice, embracing piano, organ, harpsichord and theory of music, with performance on organ, piano and early keyboard instruments. He has introduced the sound world of the clavichord to children in local schools, and in 2016 was the clavichord recitalist in the British Clavichord Society’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Johann Jacob Froberger at the Art Workers’ Guild in central London. He has devised a style of liturgy, ‘Music & Word’, at Kensworth church in Bedfordshire, marrying music on the small, anonymous organ with contemporary poetry and biblical readings.