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Dr Adrian Hull

Dr Adrian Hull, a composer, conductor, lecturer and PhD graduate of the School of Music has just embarked upon a unique business venture that aims to make commissioning classical music accessible to everyone.

Dr Adrian Hull

Dr Adrian Hull

After completing my Undergraduate and Master’s degrees at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Music, I spent a considerable amount of time searching for a suitable PhD supervisor. I eventually found Anthony Powers, Professor of Composition at Cardiff University and Deputy Head of the School of Music.

Having lived in London for nearly ten years I was doubtful about leaving such an exciting city: Cardiff however is a vibrant place with lots going on, but it’s not as big and hence not as oppressive as London can sometimes be. I’d always thought of the Cardiff School of Music as one of the top places in the UK to study music: there are a large number of genuinely enthusiastic and world renowned academics and musicians who work at the School. The University is internationally recognised for the quality of its research into music of all genres, also, alongside the School’s excellent concert series (which opened in 2008/9 with a concert by the LCMG – an ensemble formed by myself and Phillip Cooke, another PhD graduate of Cardiff) the new Cardiff International Academy of Voice presents a more publicly audible and visible side to music at Cardiff.

Whilst studying for my PhD, composition students were given the chance to work with many different professional ensembles including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. I was asked to write a piece which was rehearsed and then recorded at the BBC studios in Cardiff. This type of learning experience, which at the time was unique in the world, demonstrates the fantastic opportunities that are available to students studying at Cardiff.

Following the completion of my PhD in 2007, I have worked in various roles, as a tutor with Cardiff University and the Open University and most recently have been appointed as a lecturer in Performing Arts at UWE Bristol. I have also recently founded Arcomis (Arts Commissioning) which is a company that promotes the commissioning of new classical music.

Arcomis, a unique company established to benefit both the wider community and musicians, was formed with the support of the School of Music and has also received help from Cardiff University’s Research and Commercial Division. The company promotes and facilitates the commissioning of new classical music by internationally renowned composers. It offers people the opportunity to commission pieces of classical music of the very highest quality for occasions such as weddings, anniversaries or any other event which warrants a celebration! We’re looking to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between the business and the University which will continue to evolve over the coming years.


I'd like to thank the University, in particular the staff from the School of Music, for making my time as a PhD student so rewarding. The support they've shown my new company also demonstrates an awareness of the changing landscape of the Creative Industries and is indicative of Cardiff University's forward-looking and vibrant culture.

Information about Adrian’s company, Arcomis can be found at

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