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. Since 2004 he has worked with professional choirs, amateur choirs and student choirs throughout Europe, particularly in the U.K., Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium, and the current season begins with a concert featuring music by Britten, Pärt and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Octopus Chamber Choir at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.
Edward is a regular chorus master with Collegium Vocale Gent and this season prepares them for performances of Britten’s War Requiem with Philippe Herreweghe and Hugh Wolff, and Dvorák’s Requiem under Philippe Herreweghe with Konzerthausorchester Berlin. 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. In the same season he prepared Netherlands Radio Choir for the world premiere of Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch by Detlev Glanert with KCO under Markus Stenz.
Edward works regularly with Trevor Pinnock having prepared choruses for major works by Bach and Haydn for projects with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, KCO (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), and at Radio France. This season he will prepare students at The Royal Academy of Music in London for Matthäus-Passion with Trevor Pinnock and return to Chœur de Radio France for the same work for a performance under Václav Luks on Good Friday in the Théatre des Champs-Élysées. In December this year Edward returns to Dudok Ensemble in The Netherlands to direct performances of Weihnachts-Oratorium, and in March 2019 he makes his conducting debut with Konzertchor Leipzig leading Johannes-Passion in Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche.
In 2013 Edward founded Cromarty Youth Opera in the Scottish Highlands with a production of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten, and in August 2018 he 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.
2017 saw the publication of Edward's first book: It's always a Pussycat: a singer’s approach to choral conducting; it will shortly be available in a Dutch translation published by Leporello and versions in German, French and Estonian are in preparation. Edward also plans to write a handbook on Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil.