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 the University of Wales Bangor (through the medium of Welsh) were followed with a postgraduate study in Music Technology and Sound Recording, plus his PGCE and his 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 recognised qualification in Choral Conducting.
Having being awarded the prestigious Elphinstone Scholarship, along with the Derek Ogston scholarship in composition, Edward is now studying for a PhD in choral composition with Phillip Cooke and Paul Mealor.
His compositional output is published by Boosey and Hawkes, Banks Music Publications, Curiad Cyf. (in Wales) and Chichester Music Press. He is consultant vocal coach for Volgograd Opera House Chorus in Russia and is the Artistic Director of ‘Voces Volgograd’ an Anglo-Russia Choral Festival.
Edward is the Artistic Director of the South Wales Choral Union and ‘The Harry Ensemble’– his 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!
Edward is Musical Director of The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, Reading Festival Chorus, the London Welsh Chorale and Eastcastle Street Chorus.
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. He has recently returned (along with a number of the London Welsh community) from directing concerts in Buenos Aires and the Chubut Province, Patagonia where he adjudicated at Eisteddfodau and led the sesquicentennial Gymanfa Ganu in Trevelin.