Music has accompanied my family name for, at
least 200 years and you could say that I was born into it as the
great-great grandson of the famous nineteenth-century Grail composer,
Richard Wagner, I studied musical composition and orchestration with my
father, who was Director of the R.A.F. music division, and others such
as Alan Ridout, Allan Wicks and Paul Patterson at the Royal Academy of
Music in London.
My professional career began at the age of twenty, working with rock
musicians and bands including Steamhammer, The Other Side, The Coming,
Arthur Brown, Robert Calvert of Hawkwind, Alexis Korner, etc.,
performing at the Royal Albert Hall and other notable venues. During
this period I developed my unique visual music form which I call
‘The New Renaissance’.
In the 1970’s I wrote film and TV music for a number of
films. Knots (Cannes award) and Eclipse, music for two animation films,
The Beard and Mothership, together with A Sun’s Bright Child for
Thames Television, numerous TV commercials: Cadbury’s Smash,
Cadbury’s Cup-a-Soup, Domestos, Polaroid 2000, etc. I worked with
David Fanshawe (African Sanctus) on his Arabian Fantasy and composed
the music for an arts film series, Western Arts through the Ages. By
the end of the 1970s, under contract with Warner Bros., I released
various commercial albums: Distances between Us for Atlantic
Records, Instincts and The Last Inca (later released as a double album called Inca Gold) for Charisma Records and a
library album for EMI KPM, Electric Light Orchestra.
Having also worked with Bob Moog and his legendary synthesiser and EMS
London, I decided to design, manufacture and market the famous British
synthesiser of the era - the Wasp, which sold in thousands and was the
world’s first battery-operated, portable, digital synthesiser.
In the 1980s, as well as producing more than 50 albums for other
artists and music groups, I composed the music for four BBC Panorama TV
documentaries: Two Weeks in Winter, Silkwood, We Can Keep You Here
Forever and Mafia Wars and the Transworld Sport title theme amongst
others. I also released further commercial albums: Merak (a space
fantasy with a fifty-minute computer animated film), Karming
the Elements and Ambient Collections 1 and 2.
In the 1990’s, I decided to research into a number of Celtic and
Sacred themes and this has continued to the present time with the CD
Albums: Holy Spirit and the Holy Grail, Genesis of the Grail and Realm
of the Ring. and I am currently working on a Celtic Oratorio
called 'Realm of the Holy Grail - The Four Hallows'.
One of the most challenging projects just completed is a new feature
length Art/Music film called ‘Rays of Light’ which has
taken 8 years to complete alongside International best selling writer
John Sharkey providing a truly evocative script,
Adrian Wagner, F. Comp. ASMC. 2009.
A Project to produce a Symphonic Oratorio on Film
The Four Hallows by Adrian Wagner.
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