Director

Mark Edwards MMus

Originally from Edinburgh, Mark trained as a percussionist before taking up conducting and receiving his MMus with Distinction. With a keen interest in contemporary music, Mark has worked on new compositions with Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta Academy and Streetwise Opera. Recent highlights include performing at the Royal Albert Hall London and Symphony Hall Birmingham and live broadcasts for various BBC Radio 3 programmes. Comfortably working on large scale projects for both orchestra and choir, he has recently directed larger repertoire including: Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony, and Verdi Requiem. In 2017 Mark won the National Brass Band Conducting Competition. As assistant conductor he has taken rehearsals for RTÉ concert orchestra in Ireland and acted as cover conductor for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

He is currently director of music for the chamber choir ‘Voices of Hope’ (recent winners of the BBC Choir of the Year Competition), New Tyneside Orchestra, Hexham Orpheus Choir, Felling Male Voice Choir, workshop leader for Streetwise Opera and lecturer in conducting at Newcastle University. He has also had masterclasses with conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Omer Meir Wellber and David Hill.

Mark has recently completed his Post Graduate Diploma with distinction after studying with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at the Royal Northern College of Music and was awarded the Brierley Kershaw Prize for Conducting. During his time in Manchester he was assistant conductor for projects with BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Psappha.