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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

Accompanist Gary Beecher

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

Gary enjoys a varied musical life performing as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician and solo pianist.  

Gary has just completed a Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He was a scholarship student and studied with Julius Drake and Charles Owen. Gary has just recently been awarded a Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music for next year, where he will also join the faculty as a staff accompanist. 

Gary graduated with a BMUS degree and the ‘Best Overall Student Award’ from the CIT Cork School of Music where he studied with Jan Cáp and Dr. Gabriela Mayer. Gary’s other past teachers include Jacques Rouvier and Dr. John O’Conor.  

Gary was the winner of the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform with duo partner Ema Nikolovska. Previous to this, Gary was awarded the Guildhall Piano Accompaniment Prize, Graham Johnson’s Song Guild Paul Hamburger Prize, the Prince Consort Side-by-side Recital at Wigmore Hall and the Guildhall Franz Schubert Lieder Prize. 

As a solo pianist, Gary was the winner of the ‘Irish Freemason’s Young Musician of the Year’ and had his solo debut with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and conductor John Wilson in the National Concert Hall. In February 2019, he returned as a concerto soloist to the NCH, to perform with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and conductor José Serebrier.  

Gary is now a Samling Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist and an Oxford Lieder Young Artist. Upcoming engagements include a recital with Mezzo Soprano Sharon Carty in Cork and a solo engagement with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the NCH Dublin, a recital with Soprano Erika Baikoff at St John’s Arc Old Harlow (8th Nov), an Oxford Lieder Recital with Mezzo soprano Ema Nikolovska and a recital tour in China in 2020. 

Gary is grateful for the support of the Norman Gee Foundation. 

For more info visit www.garybeecher.com

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