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Musician Adam Chinery, 22, swaps the Haverhill Arts Centre for the West End orchestra pit

A veteran performer with Haverhill Centre Stage Company has swapped the Arts Centre for the West End.

Adam Chinery, who grew up in Great Yeldham and went to Sudbury Upper School, finished his four-year jazz guitar degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in June, but already has an impressive CV.

The 22-year-old started his musical career while at school and after trying his hand performing in Centre Stage productions while young, soon swapped the stage for the pit.

Adam Chinery (14837014)
Adam Chinery (14837014)

While still at school Adam played in the orchestra for musical productions in Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds, but after moving to London in 2015 for his degree discovered he enjoyed the variety a career as a professional musician could afford him.

Last year, while still completing his studies, Adam played in the orchestra of the West End production of 42nd Street. This week, he will join the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, at the London Palladium, as lead guitar cover.

He said: “42nd Street was my first West End show and it was a great experience. I met lots of people, but it did mean a bit of juggling things right at the end of my degree.

“I’ve been lucky I’ve had regular work and been able to do the things I wanted to do. Joseph is a short run and I’m really excited about it.”

Performing runs in Adam’s family and he is following in his grandfather’s, parents’ and sister Lauren’s footsteps.

Adam said moving to London had allowed him to meet and play with lots of different people, while being in that environment had helped him to improve as a player.

“I like having as much variety as possible in what I do as I enjoy so many different types of music. I have just finished my own show called Bare at the Vaults Theatre, Waterloo and I have got a mix of things coming up, including a festival in Italy,” said Adam.

“It’s exciting – I don’t want a regular job.”

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