Conductor - Mark Edwards MMus
Originally from Edinburgh, Mark trained as a percussionist before taking up conducting and receiving his MMus with Distinction. Mark is pleased to have studied and worked with many great conductors including: Sian Edwards, Pierre-André Valade, Philippe Bach, Rodolfo Saglimbeni and Christopher Gayford. With a keen interest in contemporary music, Mark has worked on new compositions with Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta and Streetwise Opera. Previous engagements have included working with: Amadeus Orchestra, St Michel Strings (Finland) and London Firebird Orchestra.
Recent highlights include performing at the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham; live broadcasts for BBC 3’s ‘In Tune’, 'Words and Music' and 'The Choir' programmes. Recent concerts have included Elgar – The Dream of Gerontius, Vaughan Williams – A Sea Symphony, Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 and Violin Concerto, Rachmaninov Symphony No.2, Mahler Symphony No. 1, Strauss Till Eulenspiegel and Four Last Songs, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Mozart Requiem. Mark has been lucky enough to receive scholarships to participate in international conducting masterclasses with Sasha Mäkilä in Finland, Dr László Norbert Nemes at the Kodály Institute (Hungary), Sian Edwards at Dartington Festival. As assitant conductor Mark has worked with Jonathan Bloxham for Northern Chords Festival Orchetra's 'Europe Day' (May 2017) concert in St John's, Smith Square, London as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra concert (June 2017) including Dvorak Smphony No. 7. In June 2017 Mark won the National Brass Band Conducting Competition.
He is currently director of music for Newcastle Sinfonietta, Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra and Northern Praeclassica, workshop leader for Streetwise Opera, Associate Artistic Director for the Northern Chords Music Festival and is associate conductor for 'Voices of Hope' who recently won the BBC Choir of the Year Competition.