An accomplished classically trained musician, Ed plays the piano, violin, viola and organ. He also conducts, and sings bass, tenor and countertenor.
He holds Grade 8 piano, violin and music theory, and has an AMusTCL (Dist.) in advanced harmony and composition from Trinity College London.
Ed has performed in several hundred concerts over the years and organised more than twenty fund-raising charity shows.
He was musical director for a production of Calamity Jane in 2008 – the show was nominated for six Curtain Call awards, including the category of Best Musical Director. He went on to direct Pirates of Penzance in 2011.
He has répétiteured for many other operas and musicals, including Carmen (2003), Kiss Me Kate (2007), HMS Pinafore (2010), The Magic Flute (2010), The Marriage of Figaro (2011), Singin’ in the Rain (2011), Gallantry (2012), The Gondoliers (2012), By Jeeves (2013) and Into the Woods (2014).
As a session musician Ed composed, orchestrated and performed string parts for pop singer Anna Neale’s albums Touch (2010) and River Man (2012). He headlined the acoustic stages for the Weyfest and Guildfest music festivals with the band several years running as well. More recently they opened the Pompeii exhibition at the British Museum with a live performance in the Parthenon room, and played before and after a lecture by Mary Beard at the Cambridge Museum.
Ed also played keyboards with The Ashbies (now Flyte) at Blissfields festival in 2009 and headlined with them in the same year at Ronnie Scott’s in Soho.