Director

Mark Edwards MMus

Photo – Kaupo Kikkas

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 3 broadcasts. Recent concerts have included Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony, and Verdi Requiem. In 2017 Mark won the National Brass Band Conducting Competition.

Mark is currently undertaking further study with Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at the Royal Northern College of Music which includes being assistant conductor for projects with BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Psappha ensemble.  Further roles have including being assistant conductor for projects with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert Orchestra.  This summer Mark will return to assist with Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as a project with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.

He is currently director of music for Newcastle Sinfonietta, Hexham Orpheus Choir, Northern Praeclassica, Felling Male Voice Choir, workshop leader for Streetwise Opera, lecturer in conducting at Newcastle University and conductor for ‘Voices of Hope’ who won the BBC Choir of the Year Competition in 2016.