Adam studied at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music before building up a busy freelance schedule as a horn player. He works regularly with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, sound collective, London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra and English National Ballet. In July 2005 Adam took part in the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park. Dressed in an orange Sergeant Pepper outfit, he was one of the four horn players performing with Sir Paul McCartney and U2 in the opening item "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".
Adam is active as a composer, especially of music for children; his music has been used by the London Mozart Players in education concerts on several occasions. Adam has held various teaching positions and is currently Head of Ensembles and Events for Waltham Forest Music Service.