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Adrian Woolard

Public Service Innovator: Adrian Woolard

Adrian has many hats within R&D since starting with BBC over 14yrs ago. He led the successful creation of R&D’s presence at MediaCityUK, Salford and continues to do so as Head of BBC R&D North Lab. He leads the organisations research focused on future of User Experience, working with engineers and scientists focused on the changing relationships between content, audience and technology. Adrian also oversees the BBC Connected Studio initiative to deliver open innovation for BBC working with digital companies and academia across the UK and is also joint head of BBC Taster; the public-facing platform that invites our audiences to try, rate and share the latest digital pilots from across the BBC, showcasing a range of digital innovation tools, techniques and content.

In a previous life, Adrian worked as an application specialist in motion capture for visual effects and games industries at Vicon, with BT labs and a number of start-ups. He also worked as a software developer in motion capture at Argonaut Technology, part of Argonaut Games.

Finally, Adrian holds the only UK PhD in “Animatronics” from University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne which was sponsored by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

More? How about our Twenty-year-old Guitarist ?

Over the years we’ve been really fortunate to feature musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music so naturally we wanted to do the same for the inaugural Thinking Digital Manchester. Our latest RNCM collaborator is James Girling who is a twenty-year-old guitarist studying for his BMus (Hons) after having been selected onto the RNCM’s Accelerated Pathway. Self-taught as a jazz and classical guitarist from an early age, James won the Alcester Young Musician of the Year competition in 2010. As well as being the guitarist in the Warwickshire Youth Jazz Orchestra, James performed as featured classical guitar soloist at the annual Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa music festivals. After achieving the ABRSM Diploma in Music Performance in 2012, he formed the Girling Duo with pianist Robert Girling, his younger brother. Among his numerous other ensembles at the RNCM, James regularly performs in a range of styles spanning modern jazz, afrobeat (in Kalakuta, winner of the RNCM Cross-School Chamber Music Competition 2015), New Orleans, and classical duos with cello, flute and voice. As the guitarist in the RNCM Big Band, James has performed alongside a number of eminent British jazz musicians and was broadcast live on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme. His own jazz quintet (Artephis) won the Jazz North Introduces 2015 award, and has already played at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and Marsden Jazz Festivals, Manchester Town Hall and Dunham Massey. James plays a 2013 Paul Sheridan classical guitar, and a Gretsch Historic Series jazz guitar. We look forward to hearing James perform and continue our tradition of showcasing the musical and creative young talent being hothoused just down the road at the RNCM.

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