Edward Caswell is a versatile and widely respected choral conductor, singer and teacher, with a reputation for approaching choral conducting from a singer's perspective. Since 2004 he has worked with professional choirs, amateur choirs and student choirs throughout Europe, particularly in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. In 2017 he published his first book, It's always a Pussycat: a singer’s approach to choral conducting and in 2019 a version in Dutch became available, followed by a French translation this year published by SYMÉTRIE.
As a regular chorus master with Collegium Vocale Gent, Edward prepares them for tours and prizewinning recordings with Philippe Herreweghe, Reinbert de Leeuw and Edo de Waart. Since 2017 he has prepared Chœur de Radio France for projects with Trevor Pinnock, Václav Luks and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. In 2016 he began working closely with Trevor Pinnock on productions of major works in Leipzig, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Freiburg.
In 2020 Edward prepared the chorus of Dutch National Opera Studio for the first time in the world premiere of Ritratto by Willem Jeths and made his conducting debut in Estonia in an a cappella programme celebrating the 85th birthday of Arvo Pärt with Voces Tallinn.
In the '21/'22 season Edward will prepare WDR Rundfunkchor for the world premiere of Recordare by Justė Janulytė and Radio France for projects with Krzysztof Urbański and Mikko Franck as well as returning to Belgium to prepare Collegium Vocale Gent for Dvořák's Requiem and Mozart’s Mass in C minor with Philippe Herreweghe. In Holland he will work with Laurens Collegium Rotterdam to prepare Johannes-Passion with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock. This season he also works for the first time with 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.
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.