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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 recognised qualification in Choral Conducting. Having being awarded the Elphinstone Scholarship, along with the Derek Ogston scholarship in composition, Edward studied with Dr Phillip Cooke and Professor Paul Mealor, at Aberdeen University and in 2018 was awarded his PhD in Choral Composition.

His compositions are published by Boosey and Hawkes, Banks Music Publications, Curiad Cyf. (in Wales) and Chichester Music Press.

No stranger to media work, Edward has directed performances for the BBC TV and Radio, S4C and Sky Sports and has appeared on programmes such as The Apprentice, Dr Who, Sport Relief and ITV's "This Morning". He is the Artistic Director of the South Wales Choral Union and ‘The Harry Ensemble’ – his chamber choir which, through performances and recordings, promotes British choral music overseas. Edward is also Musical Director of Harlow Chorus, the London Welsh Male Voice Choir, the London Welsh Chorale, the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir. He is the Conductor-in-Residence of the British Sinfonietta orchestra.

Accompanist

Welsh pianist Aeron Preston read Music at St John’s College, Cambridge, and worked as a secondary school teacher in both the public and private sector.  He now works primarily as an accompanist and repetiteur, accompanying choral societies and solo singers, and playing as a repetiteur for opera productions across Wales and the Marches.  He completed a PGDip in Advanced Pianoforte Studies (Repetiteur) at the Wales International Academy of Voice, and was a Young Artist repetiteur for 2020/2021 at the National Opera Studio in Wandsworth.  He holds the Associateship of the Royal College of Organists, and has recently been appointed organist at St Paulinus' Church, Crayford.

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