Adrienne Spilsbury was born in North Wales. During her teens she performed regularly with the Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, Chester Orchestral Society, Chester Symphony Orchestra, the North Wales Youth Orchestra and various local Gilbert and Sullivan societies. Whilst at Yale Sixth Form College, she was the violinist in a performance of Stravinsky’s ‘The Soldier's Tale’ in St Giles parish church, Wrexham, and was also the pianist for the Prince School of Ballet.
Adrienne studied musicology at the Royal Northern College of Music. During her time there, she was a regular member of the college symphony orchestra and performed in several operas. She now performs as a violinist and violist with several orchestras and chamber groups in the north-west, giving performances at venues including the Buxton Fringe Festival and the Spring Bank Arts Centre in New Mills.
Adrienne’s compositional style is firmly rooted in the British string music tradition. Her original works and arrangements are approachable and rewarding for players and audiences alike. She enjoys arranging popular works for string quartet and string orchestra, as well as enhancing the string repertoire with original works. Her three Suites for Strings were all premiered by the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra between 2010 and 2013. Her first String Quartet Bodnant, which came about from a spring visit to Bodnant Gardens in North Wales, received its premiere by the Deconet String Quartet at the Didsbury and Buxton Fringe Festivals in 2013. Her Concordia Suite was commissioned to celebrate the Concordia String Orchestra's 25th anniversary in 2014.
Adrienne has recently completed True Plain Hearts, a song cycle for tenor and strings based on the poems of John Donne, which will be premiered by the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra in September 2019.