Edward Caswell is a versatile and widely respected choral conductor, singer and teacher. Working throughout the UK and Europe he has established a reputation for approaching choral conducting from a singer's perspective. For over ten years he has worked with professional choirs, amateur choirs and student choirs in Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium.
Since 2008 he has been a regular guest with Netherlands Radio Choir, conducting them a cappella and preparing them for concerts and recordings with Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink and Daniele Gatti. In the 15/16 season he prepared them for performances of The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams under Markus Stenz in Strasbourg and Cologne, and in the same season prepared NDR Chor and MDR Rundfunkchor for performances of Bach's Matthäus-Passion in the version by Mendelssohn with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Trevor Pinnock.
Edward is a regular chorus master with Collegium Vocale Gent and was involved in their preparation for the recent Janacek recording which won the Preis der Deutschen Schalplatten Kritik.
In the 16/17 season Edward prepared Netherlands Radio Choir for the world premiere of Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch by Detlev Glanert with KCO under Markus Stenz, and Netherlands Chamber Choir for Weihnachts-Oratorium IV-VI also with KCO under Trevor Pinnock.
In September 2016 Edward made his conducting debut with the Flemish Radio Choir in a programme of music by Vaughan Williams, MacMillan, Tavener and Howells with cellist Pieter Wispelwey, and in December of the same year he conducted performances of Bach's Messe in h-moll with Dudok Ensemble in The Netherlands.
In 2017 Edward returned to Leipzig to prepare MDR Rundfunkchor for Haydn's Die sieben letzten Worte under Michael Francis, and to prepare Dresdner Kammerchor and Gewandhauschor for Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten with Gewandhausorchester under Trevor Pinnock. In December he worked fort he first time with Chœur de Radio France preparing Weihnachts-Oratorium I-III also for Trevor Pinnock.
In 2013 Edward founded Cromarty Youth Opera in the Scottish Highlands and this summer leads the company in the world premiere of their fifth anniversary commission, an opera based on the writings of Beatrix Potter by Andrew Gant.
2017 saw the publication of Edward’s first book, It’s Always a Pussycat: a singer’s approach to choral conducting; a Dutch translation of which will be available this spring. Future plans include Messiah and Matthäus-Passion with Trevor Pinnock, War Requiem with Philippe Herreweghe and a handbook on Rachmaninov Vespers.