Conductor - Mark Edwards MMus
Conductor - Mark Edwards
Originally from Edinburgh, Mark trained as a percussionist before taking up conducting and receiving his MMus with Distinction. Mark is pleased to have studied and worked with many great conductors including: Sian Edwards, Pierre-André Valade, Philippe Bach, Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Christopher Gayford. With a keen interest in contemporary music, Mark has worked on new compositions with Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta and Streetwise Opera.
Recent highlights include performing at the Royal Albert Hall London and Symphony Hall Birmingham and live broadcasts for various BBC 3 broadcasts. Recent concerts have included Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony, and Verdi Requiem. Mark has been lucky enough to receive scholarships to participate in international conducting masterclasses including working with Sasha Mäkilä in Finland, Dr László Norbert Nemes at the Kodály Institute (Hungary) and Sian Edwards at Dartington International Festival. In June 2017 Mark won the National Brass Band Conducting Competition. As assitant conductor Mark has worked with Jonathan Bloxham for Northern Chords Festival Orchetra's 'Europe Day' concerts in St John's, Smith Square, London as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra concert. Next season includes projects with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern College of Music and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra.
He is currently director of music for Newcastle Sinfonietta, Hexham Orpheus Choir, Northern Praeclassica, workshop leader for Streetwise Opera, lecturer in conducting at Newcastle University and associate conductor for 'Voices of Hope' who recently won the BBC Choir of the Year Competition.