Text, photographs and music on these pages Copyright © 2009 Adrian Brockless unless otherwise stated.
Adrian was born in 1980. From a very early age he showed a keen interest in music and at the age of seven made his treble solo debut standing in at a day's notice to sing the first treble part of Allegri's Miserere Mei. The following year he gained a choral scholarship to St. Paul's Cathedral where he was a chorister from 1988 -1990; whilst there, as well as the daily regular services, he was involved in, among many other things, the memorial service for Sir Peter Scott.
He subsequently transferred to Guildford Cathedral Choir where he became Head Chorister (decani) and regular soloist. In 1993, on an album of passiontide music (Crucifixus), he recorded Allegri's Miserere - again as first treble - for a commercial record label (Herald) and appeared as part of the choir in an episode of the Channel 4 series 'The Big Battalions.'
Outside his commitments for the cathedral choirs, he was a regular treble soloist in concerts and services across London and the Home Counties including Westminster Cathedral (in the presence of Cardinal Basil Hume) and Sandhurst Military Academy; he also did regular work for his father at St. Barthlomew-the-Great.
In September 1993 Adrian left Guildford Cathedral Choir and attended George Abbot School until July 1998 when, having completed his A-levels, he spent two years working to save money for travelling and University. This work included an office job for the Ministry of Agriculture, Farming and Fisheries (MAFF, now DEFRA), bar work and supervisory work in retail. During this time he was also involved in the production of a CD - Songs of Heaven and Earth - released by Queen's College Cambridge in 2001 (Guild Label). Adrian's musical life since his choral days has continued in the direction of an ever developing interest in composition. (A few of his compositions can be heard on the Music/Performance page of this website.)
In 2001 he began a single honours degree in philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire and graduated in 2004 with a 2:1; he also won a University Humanities Prize for "An outstanding contribution to philosophy in the humanities programme" (Prof. Daniel Hutto) and was secretary of the university's philosophy society. He continued his studies as a postgraduate at Durham University completing a 50,000 word thesis under the supervision of Professor David Cooper. The external examiner's report on his thesis read: 'The author tackles some exceptionally difficult [ethical] issues in a way that shows a broad knowledge of the relevant literature and, more importantly, originality, insight and sensitivity.' (Prof. Raimond Gaita).
Since the completion of his MA in 2006, Adrian has been a member of academic staff at Heythrop College, University of London and has presented a number of papers at academic research seminars. He has also been involved in successful outreach work, taking philosophy to London state schools. 2009 saw the publication of Adrian's first book - Philosophical Notes: An Outlook.
A significant amount of Adrian's spare time has been (and is) dedicated to his lifelong passion for the natural world, primarily through involvement in conservation work. He has undertaken survey work (and analysis) as well as more practical work such as scrub clearance and the construction of dry stone walls, fences and gates. Organisations for which he has volunteered include the RSPB, Fair Isle Bird Observatory, The British Trust for Ornithology and Surrey Wildlife Trust. He has also attended courses on 'Management Planning for Conservation' and 'Phase 1 Habitat Surveying' through which he has developed the necessary practical and theoretical skills to evaluate species and habitats, and assess practical management implications. He also holds National Proficiency Tests Council qualifications CS30 (Chainsaw Maintenance and Related Operations) and CS31 (Small Felling). From May to August 2010, Adrian worked as a Species Protection Warden at the Long Nanny Tern Site in Northumberland. He has also worked as a Countryside Ranger for The Deadwater Valley Trust in East Hampshire, carrying out surveys and promoting awareness of the wildlife of the area to the wider public.
Adrian thinks he is wonderfully fortunate to have lived the life he has done. He is non-religious but believes that life is a one-off, saturated in all its forms with wonderful and terrible possibilities. He considers it a basic fault to do anything that is at the expense of embracing the rich and wonderful possibilities that life offers.