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Musical Director

Edward-Rhys HarryEdward-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.


Accompanist Sue Graham SmithSue Graham Smith has worked for many years as a freelance piano accompanist and choir/vocal coach, enjoying a busy and varied career. For several years Sue was Music Director/Pianist to Opera Brava and she has been Music Director to two churches. From 1993-2003 Sue was Assistant Music Director/Pianist to Cantate Youth Choir, who were Sainsbury Children’s Choir of the Year 2000 and with whom she enjoyed playing for many concerts, tours and recordings. 

Sue has been an Examiner for the Associated Board, coached opera at Trinity College of Music, played for international vocal group Cantabile, and worked with BBC Symphony Chorus, English National Opera, D’Oyly Carte, Kent Opera, as well as many other choirs and opera companies. She has played on national TV & radio, including Songs of Praise, Gloria Hunniford Show, and Maestro (for celebrity conductors), and accompanied choir tours to France, Italy, Rhodes, Sicily, Spain and South Africa. Sue has recorded (for Cala) a 2-piano version of Carmina Burana, and in 2009 she & some friends recorded a CD of her own religious choral music and worship songs. 

Sue has also been Music Director of QC Chamber Choir, and for 20 years was Pianist to Hertfordshire Chorus. More recently she was appointed Singing for the Brain Leader with Alzheimer’s Society, running three local singing groups for people with dementia. Sue is also currently Pianist to both Harlow Chorus and Hertford Choral Society.


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