In 2013 Edward founded Cromarty Youth Opera in the Scottish Highlands with a production of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten. Annual productions directed by Will Kerley followed, and in August 2018 Edward led the company as Artistic Director 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 by Edward as Artistic Director 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.