Edward-Rhys Harry works across the UK and internationally as a voicecoach, 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 conductingrehearsals 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 recognized 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.
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 with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir), Euro Express (part of the Football Euros 2016) and ‘Sports Relief’, along with Jack Whitehall and the LWMVC!
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!
Edward is Musical Director of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, the Harlow Chorus, the London Welsh Chorale and the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir.
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 started working with the chorus of Welsh National Opera, through their community and outreach programme.