Mark Edwards MMus

Photo - Kaupo Kikkas

Photo – Kaupo Kikkas

Originally from Edinburgh, Mark trained as a percussionist before taking up conducting and receiving an MMus with Distinction from Newcastle University, studying with conducting teacher Professor Eric Cross. Mark is pleased to have studied and worked with many great musicians including: Philippe Bach, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Denis McCaldin, Philip MacKenzie, Christopher Gayford and Edwin Roxburgh. Mark has also conducted many ensembles including: The Amadeus Orchestra, St Michel Strings, Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra, Northumberland Orchestral Society and Tyneside Chamber Orchestra. Mark also works as a workshop leader for Streetwise Opera. In the last two years Mark has worked with the Royal Northern Sinfonia in premier performances of local composers’ works, including performances in Hall One and Hall Two at Sage Gateshead.

Recent highlights include performing at the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall (Birmingham); a live broadcast for BBC 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme; Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances and Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5. 2014 also included works such as Mozart Requiem, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Rachmaninov Symphony No.2. 2015 will include, Mahler Symphony No. 1, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Dvorák ‘Cello concerto. Mark has participated in International conducting masterclasses which include studying with Sasha Mäkilä in Finland, Dr László Norbert Nemes at the Kodály Institute (Hungary) and this summer will study with Sian Edwards in Dartington.

He is currently director of music for Northern Praeclassica, Felling Male Voice Choir, Sage Gateshead Male Voice Choir, Hexham Orpheus Choir and Newcastle Sinfonietta. Mark also works as a percussionist for various orchestras, bands and is also one half of the north east jazz duo PianoVibes.