Edward Caswell is a versatile and widely respected choral conductor, singer and teacher. He works with professional choirs, amateur choirs and student choirs throughout Europe, particularly in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France, establishing 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 by SYMÉTRIE this year.

 

A regular chorus master with Collegium Vocale Gent, Edward has prepared them for tours and prizewinning recordings with Philippe Herreweghe, Reinbert de Leeuw and Edo de Waart. Since 2017 Edward has prepared Chœur de Radio France for projects with Trevor Pinnock, Václav Luks and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. He has worked closely with Trevor Pinnock since 2016 with productions of major works in Leipzig, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Freiburg.

 

In 2020 Edward worked for the first time at the Dutch National Opera Studio preparing the chorus for the world premiere of Ritratto by Willem Jeths; he also 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 return to Radio France for projects with Krzysztof Urbański and Mikko Franck. He also returns to The Netherlands to conduct Weihnachts-Oratorium with The Dudok Ensemble and prepare Laurens Collegium Rotterdam for Johannes-Passion with The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Trevor Pinnock.

 

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.

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