St John’s on-the-Hill has announced the appointment of Mrs Anri Adachi as its new Director of Music. Anri will join the school in September. 

Mrs Ruth Frett, Head of St John’s, said: “We had a very impressive field of candidates. However, Anri’s excellent reputation, vision and quality of musicianship led to a unanimous decision to appoint her. Anri is a superb musician and we are hugely impressed by her work. Her appointment heralds an exciting time in the development of music-making at St John’s and we are all looking forward to working with her.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr David Mitchell. He will leave St John’s at the end of the Trinity term to join Old Buckenham Hall Preparatory School as Deputy Head, in September. We are incredibly grateful for all his hard work. He has excelled in delivering wonderful productions and the children’s musical achievements have been excellent under his leadership.”   

Mrs Anri Adachi said: “I am thrilled to be joining this wonderful school, which is so well regarded for its music. I very much look forward to sharing my passion for directing musicals and shows and encouraging the children’s choirs and ensembles in concerts and festivals.”

About Anri Adachi

Anri Adachi was born in Denmark to Japanese parents and moved to the UK in 1977. Her passion for music began from a very young age and she started piano lessons at the age of six. She went to Bristol University to study Music, by which time she had amassed ABRSM grade 8s in piano, cello, double bass and theory of music.

Anri went on to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with a music specialism at Reading University, where she achieved a distinction in practical classroom management.

Anri has taught in schools in Berkshire, Bristol and Gloucestershire including a role as Music Coordinator at Redland High Junior School. Anri is Music Director of the Nailsworth Silver Band – they have just won the 4th section West of England area contest! She also provides private tuition. She lives in Gloucester with her husband, who is a professional conductor and composer, and their two very musical children.