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; currently available in English and Dutch, versions in French, German, Czech and Estonian are planned. 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. Edward was recently appointed Artistic Director of Konzertchor Leipzig and led their performance of Bach's St. John Passion in Leipzig's Nikolaikirche.
The new 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 will also return to The Netherlands to conduct Dudok Ensemble in BWV 140 and Handel's Dixit Dominus.
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 they 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. Plans are now well advanced for the launch of Leipzig International Youth Opera; closely following the model developed in Scotland the company will present its inaugural production in summer 2020.
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.