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MUSIC TEAM

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

Accompanist Gary BeecherPianist Gary Beecher has been hailed by the Belfast Telegraph as a "subtle, sophisticated player" with "a maturity of both technique and interpretive outlook’.

As winner of the ‘Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year 2014’, he had his solo debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall Dublin, in 2015, performing Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor, which was broadcast live on RTÉ Lyric FM.

Gary graduated as ‘Highest Placed Student’ and 'Best Overall Student' from the Bachelor of Music Degree at the CIT Cork School of Music and studied with Susan Cáp, Jan Cáp and Dr. Gabriela Mayer. Throughout his studies, Gary also received tuition from Jacques Rouvier and Dr. John O’Conor.

Now based in London, Gary is an Artist Masters scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studies with Julius Drake and Charles Owen.

Gary is a multi-award winner of numerous competitions throughout Ireland and has given recitals throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe in venues such as the National Concert Hall Dublin, the Royal Dublin Society Rising Stars Recital, University Concert Hall Limerick Rising Stars Recital Series, Milton Court Concert Hall London, Barbican Centre London, University of the Arts Berlin, Heiligenkreuz, Austria. Earlier this year, Gary was winner of the Franz Schubert Institute Lieder Prize at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama which allowed him to study at the Franz Schubert Institute with renowned artists Elly Ameling, Graham Johnson, Robert Holl and Helmut Deutsch.

A versatile musician, Gary is sought after as a song recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist, choral director and accompanist. He has performed at concert series and festivals such as the Kevin Barry Room NCH Series, Westport Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival Launch, Ortús Chamber Music Festival.

As an orchestral pianist, Gary has worked with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Camerata Ireland, SinfoNua, The British Paraorchestra and Army of Generals orchestra.

Gary has also been the Music Director for Dennehy’s Cross Church Choir, the accompanist for St. Patrick’s Church Choir Rochestown and the Music Director of St. Nicholas’ Brass Band. Gary is currently the pianist for Harlow Chorus.

Upcoming solo and collaborative concerts include The Drawing Room Concert Series Dublin, a Concerto engagement with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Hilversum Festival Song Recital in Holland.

Gary is very grateful for the support of the Guildhall School Trust and the Arts Council of Ireland.

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