Adams Neary Duo

Saturday 30th July 2022             2pm St. Thomas Church, Aboyne

David Adams, violin    Alice Neary, cello

Saturday afternoon treat! These two stupendous musicians, established in their own rights at the top of the classical music world, join forces for a wonderful concert which includes works by Bach and Ravel and ‘Pier Music’  specially written for the duo last year by Robert Fokkens. 

David and Alice have worked together for many years.  Their individual biographies below speak for themselves!

David Adams is the Concertmaster of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, violinist of the London Bridge Trio, co-Artistic Director of the Penarth Chamber Music Festival and teaches at RWCMD. In his role at WNO, he performs concertos with the orchestra and directs concerts from the violin. He has appeared as guest leader with most of the major orchestras in the UK including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Orchestra of English National Opera and the Halle Orchestra during 2021-22.

Equally at home on violin and viola David has made guest appearances, recordings and broadcasts with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio and Hebrides Ensemble including recording the Brahms Piano Quartets (Gould Piano Trio) and the Beethoven String Quintets (Endellion String Quartet).

This year David will appear at the Winchester Festival, direct a summer tour of concerts with WNO (including The Lark Ascending), and participate in the IMS Prussia Cove 50th anniversary celebrations at the Wigmore Hall.

David belongs to a musical family – his father, John Adams, was Principal Viola of the Halle Orchestra and his wife is cellist Alice Neary.


Alice Neary enjoys a varied performing career as a chamber musician, soloist and as principal cellist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Familiar to listeners of Radio 3, festival performances include BBC Proms chamber series, Malboro (USA), Bath International, Santa Fe (USA) and Lofoten. Recent concerto performances include Honegger and Cheryl Frances-Hoade concertos with BBC NOW.


Alice was a member of the Gould Piano Trio from 2001-2018 – career highlights include the complete piano trios of Beethoven, Schubert and Dvorak at the Wigmore Hall, the commissioning of new works from Sir James MacMillan and Mark Simpson, regular tours of USA and over 25 CD releases.


Alice has appeared as guest cellist with numerous groups including the Nash Ensemble, Ensemble 360 and the Endellion, Elias, Bingham and Heath quartets. She collaborates with pianists Viv McLean, Benjamin Frith, Robin Green and Daniel Tong. Regular visits to International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove provide ongoing inspiration. In January 2022 Alice took part in a USA tour with Marlboro Music Festival musicians, (including performances at Carnegie Hall and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society).  Future plans include Marlboro festival 2022, festival appearances at North Norfolk, North York Moors and Hellens Music Festivals, Don Quixote with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the IMS 50th anniversary  concert at Wigmore Hall.  


Alice studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM and, as a Fulbright scholar, with Timothy Eddy at Stonybrook, USA.  As a teacher, Alice has been tutor in cello at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal College of Music. She is now based in her home town of Cardiff at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was awarded a Fellowship in 2015. Alice is also a mentor for ChamberStudio. She and her husband, David Adams founded the Penarth Chamber Music Festival in 2014.   Alice plays a cello by Alessandro Gagliano of 1710.

Concert will be held at:

St. Thomas’ Church, Aboyne

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