Adrian Maydwell (1993-2019) was an extraordinary young man, gifted in both the arts and sciences. In his short life he achieved what most of us would take three lifetimes.
He was dux of both his primary and secondary schools; he won numerous awards in everything from mathematics to debating. He was acknowledged to have special skills as a trauma specialist while only a Registered Medical Officer.
His musical activities ranged wide: As a child he sang in St George’s Cathedral Choir, Perth. He played harp for the President of Ireland, conducted the WA Doctors’ Orchestra and the Giovanni Consort, won an ABC national vocal ensemble award with the ensemble Melismatica, he had the opportunity to sing in Southwark Cathedral Choir and with The Tallis Scholars, the Sixteen and I Fagiolini.
As a pianist he liked to sight read J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Klavier, intermezzi of Brahms and nocturnes of Rachmaninoff, and the music of Debussy and Ravel. In a more popular vein, he also sang in a backing group for the Rolling Stones.
He travelled to all the continents apart from South America.
Elegant, well-spoken, and attentive, he was a gifted counsellor and confidant whose thoughtful words helped many to negotiate difficult times and decisions.
He was loved by his family, colleagues and friends.
Adrian epitomized the words of David Foster Wallace, “There might not be angels, but there are people who might as well be angels.”
He loved many musical periods, styles and genres and was particularly drawn to the choral music of the High Renaissance for whom this website is dedicated.