Adrian Woodward  (Woody) has a wide and varied career playing early music, modern music and improvisation.


 Woody has played or recorded with all of the UK's well established period instrument orchestras, but the most regularly with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the King's Consort. He plays chamber music regularly with award winning trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom OBE.


Since 1997 he has regularly worked as one of the most in demand Musical Directors and multi-instrumentalist performers at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, playing period and modern scores in productions of Shakespeare and new writing.  Past work includes  Henry V (1997, dir. Richard Olivier), A Winters Tale (1997), The Merchant of Venice and A Mad World my Masters (1998), Anthony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar (1999), Hamlet (2000), King Lear (2001), The Golden Ass (2002), Richard II (2003),  Man Falling Down (2005), Titus Andronicus (2006), Romeo and Juliet (2007), A New World (2009), Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry VIII (2010), All's Well That Ends Well (2011), The Taming of the Shrew (2012),  Henry V (2012, dir. Dominic Dromgoole), Twelfth Night (2013, Globe and West End) and Macbeth (2013).  Gabriel (2013) alongside Alison Balsom, Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert. Titus Andronicus (2014) dir. Lucy Bailey, Broken Heart,  As You Like It,  Pericles, Prince of Tyre (dir. D Dromgoole), All the Angels and King Lear (2017)


TV recordings include Howard Goodhall's Big Bangs, the Freddie Starr Show and Wolf Hall. His playing can also be heard on films including Bedtime Stories (Disney), ElizabethAnonymous  and Bill  (2016). Woody worked closely with Sir Paul McCartney and Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios for a track for his latest album 'New'.


Woody has played for the Royal family on many occasions such as HM the Queen's opening of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, and later HRH Prince Charles visit to the Globe Theatre, and also HRH Prince Philip's opening the new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Service at St. Paul's Cathedral.


He's proud to be invited to be the Musical Director for Hamlet at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre this year and later in the year to be the MD for Othello with Claire van Kampen (Director) with Sir Mark Rylance.