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.
2017 saw the publication of his first book, It's always a Pussycat: a singer’s approach to choral conducting, and in 2019 a version in Dutch became available; a French translation will be published this year. Since 2004 Edward has worked with professional choirs, amateur choirs and student choirs throughout Europe, particularly in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.
A regular chorus master with Collegium Vocale Gent, Edward recently prepared them for performances of Britten’s War Requiem, Dvorák’s Requiem and Mendelssohn's Elias under Philippe Herreweghe. In the 18/19 season Edward also worked on two productions with Chœur de Radio France, preparing them for Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Václav Luks and Tippett's A Child of Our Time with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Since 2016 Edward has been Trevor Pinnock's regular chorusmaster and last season they collaborated on Bach's St. Matthew Passion at The Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2019 Edward was appointed Artistic Director of Konzertchor Leipzig and led their performance of Bach's St. John Passion in Leipzig's Nikolaikirche. In March 2020 he will lead them in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in the Altes Rathaus Leipzig.
The current season includes two projects with Trevor Pinnock: Messiah with Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Zürcher Sing-Akademie, and St. Matthew Passion will The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Laurens Collegium Rotterdam. Edward returns to The Netherlands to conduct Dudok Ensemble in BWV 140 and Handel's Dixit Dominus, and to work for the first time at the Dutch National Opera Studio preparing the chorus for the world premiere of Ritratto by Willem Jeths. This season Edward will also work for the first time with the Turkish State Choir.
In 2013 Edward founded Cromarty Youth Opera in the Scottish Highlands with a production of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten. Annual productions followed all directed by Will Kerley, and in August 2018 Edward led the company in the world premiere of their fifth anniversary commission, 'Tod!' an opera based on the writings of Beatrix Potter by Andrew Gant. Closely following the model he developed in Scotland, a new company, Leipzig International Youth Opera e.V. will be launched in July 2020. The company's inaugural production will be the Leipzig premiere of Noye's Fludde, in a collaboration involving children and young people from Musikschule Leipzig 'Johann Sebastian Bach' and schools in Volkmarsdorf, Leipzig.
In addition to conducting and chorusmastering Edward is also in demand as a teacher, adjudicator and jury member. He recently joined the jury examining choral conducting students at CNSMD Lyon and was delighted to accept the invitation to be a member of the artistic committee of Institut Français d'Art Choral.