Edward-Rhys Harry works across the UK and internationally as a voice coach, adjudicator, composer, arranger and choral conductor. He comes from Penclawdd, on the North Coast of The Gower Peninsula. Aged 14 he was employed as an organist and also began conducting rehearsals for choirs in local chapels and churches. He studied composition and voice at the University of Wales, Bangor (through the medium of Welsh) and this was followed by postgraduate study in Music Technology and Sound Recording, his PGCE and an MMus degree in composition from the London College of Music, where he studied with Francis Pott, Terry Davies and Laurence Roman.
He left full time teaching to study Choral Conducting with Simon Halsey, Adrian Partington and Neil Ferris at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in Cardiff. There he was the first (and second) recipient of the RWCMD Glynne Jones Conducting Scholarship and graduated with an MA degree. Edward is the first Welshman to receive a recognized qualification in Choral Conducting. Having being awarded the Elphinstone Scholarship, along with the Derek Ogston scholarship in composition, Edward is now studying for a PhD in choral composition with Dr Phillip Cooke and Professor Paul Mealor, at Aberdeen University.
His composition are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Banks Music Publications, Curiad Cyf. (in Wales) and Chichester Music Press. He is consultant vocal coach for Volgograd Opera House Chorus in Russia and is the Artistic Director of ‘Voces Volgograd’ – an Anglo-Russia Choral Festival. Edward is the Artistic Director of the South Wales Choral Union and ‘The Harry Ensemble’ – his chamber choir who, through performances and recordings, promote British choral music overseas. Recent performances have been in Russia and New York, including at the famous Trinity Church, Wall Street. He is Musical Director of: London Welsh Male Voice Choir, Reading Festival Chorus, the London Welsh Chorale, the Eastcastle Chorus and is the Conductor-in-Residence of the British Sinfonietta orchestra.
For further information please visit www.edwardrhysharry.com or www.harryensemble.com