Musical Director, Chorus Master and Rehearsal Accompanist
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Edward-Rhys Harry works across the UK and internationally as a voice coach, adjudicator, composer, arranger and choral conductor.
He comes from Penclawdd, on the North Coast of The Gower Peninsula. Aged 14 he was employed as an organist and also began conducting rehearsals for choirs in local chapels and churches.
Undergraduate studies in composition and voice at University of Wales Bangor (through the medium of Welsh) were followed with postgraduate study in Music Technology and Sound Recording, his PGCE and an MMus degree in composition from the London College of Music, where he studied with Francis Pott, Terry Davies and Laurence Roman.
In 2006 he became a member of the Gorsedd Y Beirdd.
He left full time teaching to study Choral Conducting with Simon Halsey, Adrian Partington and Neil Ferris at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in Cardiff. There he was the first (and second) recipient of the RWCMD Glynne Jones Conducting Scholarship and graduated with an MA degree. Edward is the first Welshman to receive a recognized qualification in Choral Conducting.
Having been awarded the Elphinstone Scholarship, along with a Derek Ogston scholarship in composition, Edward completed a PhD in choral composition with Phillip Cooke and Paul Mealor. The University Chamber Choirs’ latest recording, Immortal Memory, reached No3 in the national classical music charts in January 2017, it includes music arranged by Edward which was broadcast on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.
His compositions are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Banks Music Publications, Curiad Cyf. (in Wales) and Chichester Music Press. For a number of years he was consultant vocal coach for Volgograd Opera House Chorus in Russia and is the Artistic Director of ‘Voces Volgograd’ –an Anglo-Russia Choral Festival, before taking up the position of Music Director at Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
No stranger to media work, Edward has directed performances for S4C (channel 4 Wales), Sky Sports, ITV advertisements, ‘ident’ music for BBC 1,2,3,4 and all radio channels, as well as appearing on programmes such as BBC 1’s ‘The Apprentice – You’ve Been Fired’, ‘Dr Who’, the Rob Brydon Christmas Show (conducting Bryn Terfel), Euro Express (part of the Football Euros 2016), ‘Sports Relief’, along with comedian Jack Whitehall and has appeared on ITV’s This Morning programme.
Edward is the Artistic Director of Côr Siambr Cymru/Chamber Choir Wales, a professional chamber choir, as well as ‘The Harry Ensemble’ – his own chamber choir who, through performances and recordings, promote British choral music overseas. Their debut album ‘Remember’ is available to download now. Give them a listen!
He thrives on working with choirs of all ages, numbers and experience, and directs 1000 voice performances at the Royal Albert Hall on a regular basis.
Edward is currently Musical Director of: Harlow Chorus, London Welsh Chorale, and the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir. Whilst he is also Musical Director for The Corsley Festival Choir in Wiltshire, he works with a chorus master who prepares concerts on his behalf.
Edward is a member of the training team for the Association of British Choral Directors, leading workshops in singing and conducting across the UK and is the Conductor-in-Residence of the British Sinfonietta orchestra, and has recently worked with the chorus of Welsh National Opera, through their community and outreach programme.