“Edwards wove his choristers’ varying voices into a single resonant rapture” – Simon Frith, Hexham Courant
“Conductor Mark Edwards took firm control of the changes of tempi, while laying out the shifting musical landscapes with cogency” – Gavin Engelbrecht, Northern Echo
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 various live broadcasts for various BBC 3. 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 included being assistant conductor for projects with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Concert 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 associate conductor for ‘Voices of Hope’ who recently won the BBC Choir of the Year Competition.