Edward comes from the village of Penclawdd, on the North Coast of The Gower Peninsula, Wales. It was here that he was first employed as an organist, during his teenage years, and also began conducting rehearsals for local Cymanfaoedd Ganu (singing festivals).
As an undergraduate he studied composition and voice at University Wales Bangor (through the medium of Welsh) and followed this with postgraduate study in Music Technology and Sound Recording.
After qualifying as a teacher, Edward had a successful career lecturing in sixth form colleges, which supported his further study in composition at the London College of Music where he studied under Francis Pott and Laurence Roman and graduated with a Master of Music degree.
He left full time teaching after winning a full scholarship to study Choral Conducting with Simon Halsey, Adrian Partington and Neil Ferris at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in Cardiff. During his studies he was the first (and second) recipient of the RWCMD Glynne Jones Conducting Scholarship and graduated with an MA degree. He is currently studying for a research degree in the field of Choral Training Techniques, whilst working as a freelance composer, arranger and conductor.
This season Edward has conducted two premiere performances: the first performance of his reconstruction of the Joseph Parry oratorio Emmanuel took place in December 2011.
Also this season Edward conducted the Russian premiere performance of the Stabat Matersetting by Karl Jenkins - at the first public performance by the Volgograd Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. This took place in Volgograd city in January 2012 to much critical acclaim.
A third (and World) premiere will take place in July 2012 when the London Welsh Chorale and British Sinfonietta perform his reconstruction of theTe Deumsetting by Joseph Parry.
Edward's current positions are as Musical Director of: London Welsh Male Voice Choir, Reading Festival Chorus, Cor Bro Ogwr (Bridgend) and the London Welsh Chorale. He is Associate Conductor of the Welsh Session Orchestra, and, of course, Artistic Director of his own choir, THE HARRY ENSEMBLE.
He remains in demand as a lecturer and choral workshop leader across the UK and is as busy as a composer and arranger of choral music. His music is published by Chichester Music Press and Banks Music Publications - who recently published his 'Can You Hear Me?' an Olympic Truce Anthem. Current commissions are for Llandaff Cathedral, London Welsh Chorale and Voces Volgograd Festival.
Future engagements are as coach to the Volgograd Opera House Chorus, Artistic Director of 'Voces Volgograd' - a new choral festival promoting British and Russian choral music - and he will conduct the US premiere of his Joseph Parry reconstruction (the oratorio Emmanuel) in Pennsylvania and New York in 2013.
For more information visit www.edwardrhysharry.com