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 been 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 for new plays. He has worked for, and under four Artistic Directors in over 30 productions. Woody has performed from the stage and balcony in over 1500 performances.


TV recordings include Howard Goodhall's Big Bangs, the Freddie Starr Show,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, and also Her Majesties 90th Birthday Service in the same building, where he was also the fixer of the musicians.


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.