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'Thank you for helping me to discover my musical value and to believe in myself.' student, 2022

Orchestral woodwind and timpani section players smiling and laughing in formal orchestral setting, enjoying the moment with conductor Adrian Varela. Adrian's back is to the camera. We cannot see his expression, just the positive reaction from the players.


'One of the most inspirational musicians I have ever worked with -the perfect educator.'
Adrian Partington, Artistic Director BBC National Chorus of Wales

'Adrian enables the musicians, by creating opportunities for students to shape their own and collective musical identities, to experience first hand, how their music-making can positively impact on their health and well-being.'

Chris Heighton, Head of Music, de Montfort University, Leicester

'A huge asset for any educational organisation'

Wojciek Hazanowicz, President, JM Poland



Before, I had been playing. After this, I will never play music the same again. Now I am not playing anymore -I am living. Thank you with all my heart.

So inspiring, and fascinating to work in such a different way. Loved it.

Your methods are absolutely fantastic, everything was on point and not a single moment of interest lagging.

If this is what music is, this is what I want to be.

Now I understand what true collaboration is.

He inspired us and quickly got results. Great empathy.

I wouldn't have missed it for anything and can't wait to have him back.

Thank you for the most beautiful words a conductor can say to young people: 'I want to hear YOU in this phrase'.

Thank you for showing us how creative we can be and how much potential we have.


My daughter said it was the best day of her life.

I now know how to use music for my well-being and mental health.


Thank you so much for the passion that you gave me and for the values which have made me a better human and musician. There are no words to describe how grateful I am.

Thank you for all the tips and good ideas, thanks to which we have developed our skills and also as musicians, and as people.

Thank you for helping me believe in my musical value.

I will never forget the way you looked after us and made sure that we felt as a part of a big family.

Thank you for treating us like colleagues, despite our youth.

It was so great to feel how you love the orchestra and that you gave us 100% of yourself.

You showed me that there are literally no limits in music.

Adrian's way is not an orchestra; its a way of living.

Thank you for teaching me to never give up on my dreams.

Your trust in us pushed us to give 100%.

Thank you so much for true lessons in life.


I learnt to make sounds I didn't even know existed before I came to do work with Adrian.


We synced together really well, and bounced off each other's energy, and it felt really positive.

Thank you for the opportunity of artistic development and awesome concerts.

Thank you for your smile, patience, involvement, professional attitude, support, and belief.

Thank you for astonishing and exciting moments of silence.

Orchestral members
Orchestra violin students in rehearsal, all smiling and relaxed, reacting to something from conductor Adrian Varela

Your passion!

In the beginning I was very shy and felt small. Now I am an aware musician, aware of other instrumentalists, and of my skills.

Thanks to you I experienced the beauty of music.

Before I wasn't brave enough. Now I feel more open -I want to change the world!

Thank you for expecting more and more from us.

Thank you for listening to us and treating us like mature musicians.

Thank you for your help, smile and big power.

Thank you that now I know that music speaks louder than words.

Awareness and concentration were some of the most valuable things I learned through this experience. Thank you.

Thank you for all the humor, being always happy at rehearsals and taking care of me.

Thank you very much for the great support from the very beginning till the end.

Thank you for the support and love you gave us.

Thank you for teaching us the importance of awareness.

Thank you for your great energy and love of music.

It was a great experience to work with you! I will never forget this.

Thank you for teaching me to work hard because there is a better place in this world, and this place is surely surrounded by music.

Thank you for joy.

Thank you for very much for very many new colours in my life.

Thank you for the magic of music.

Thank you for being an inspiration.

Thank you for the opportunity to play and enjoy music together.

Thank you for motivation, which our section needed!

Thank you for showing me what real music is.


It made me realise how much there is that I can do to improve.

Thank you for treating us like a professional orchestra.

We had to find ourselves in a new place and be mature.


Thank you for talks, sometimes more important than playing and repeating in rehearsals.

Now I know that 'good' is not enough; it has to be great. Thank you.

Thank you for helping us to believe in ourselves and our abilities.

Thanks for inspiring me EVERY day.


It's something I think I'll remember for the rest of my life.

This experience has changed me as a person.

Double bass orchestral students in formal dress smiling at conductor Adrian Varela
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