Adrian Smith died on 6 December 2005 following a period of illness. Adrian was our conductor from 1969 to 2001, an amazing 32 years of service. He was without question the most influential musician in the long history of the SPO, taking over at a time when the orchestra had only a handful of members and was near extinction. His personal contribution to the development of the SPO cannot be overstated.
Writing at the time of Adrian’s last concert in 2001, our then President, Ian Denton, said of him:
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