Edward was born and brought up in Birmingham (which explains why he supports Aston Villa). He gained a music degree from Sussex University and went on to study at the Royal College of Music on the post-graduate advanced performers’ course. He also has an LTCL (Trinity College performer’s diploma) and DipRCM (Royal College of Music teacher’s diploma).
He has played in seven different productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre: Richard II (starring David Tennant), Henry IV parts 1 & 2, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Titus Andronicus.
West End theatre work has included Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory and Harold Pinter Theatre). The show was filmed and screened in cinemas throughout the world and the ‘Merrily’ orchestra was nominated for an Olivier Award. Edward was also a member of the band for Road Show and She Loves Me (both at the Menier Chocolate Factory), Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire), has toured with The Music Man, deputised in Top Hat (UK tour) and played in several shows at Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre.
An interest in the natural trumpet has led to work with groups such as Florilegium, the Brook Street Band and Die Kolner Akademie (in a televised concert in Malta, also recorded for a live CD). He has performed many times at Hampton Court Palace in period costume.
Solo appearances have included a performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.2 with the Camerata of London, the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with Surrey ProMusica and Shostakovich’s Concerto No.1 for Piano and Trumpet with the London City Chamber Orchestra and the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra. He once played the solo trumpet part of Let the Bright Seraphim with soprano Jill Gomez under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner.
Other orchestras with which Edward has appeared, include the National Festival Orchestra, London Gala Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, Southern ProMusica, Emerald Ensemble and Belmont Ensemble. For several years Edward was a member of the orchestra for the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival at Buxton Opera House. A member of the New Music Players, he has performed on several recordings, including the sound tracks for two silent films, Strike and Battleship Potemkin. On screen, Edward makes a fleeting appearance as an Elizabethan court musician in the Oscar-winning film Elizabeth The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush.
Edward is a founder member of Mardi Brass. The group has toured Britain and appeared on BBC1, BBC2, BBC radio 3, Classic FM and numerous local radio stations. The group has released four CDs, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue, along with Hark! Traditional Carols in a New Light. Below is a selection of CDs on which Edward appears:
His trumpet playing can also be heard on the CDs accompanying the following books:
He enjoys big band playing, and has performed with the Nick Ross Orchestra. Edward also plays the piano and has been the musical director for three amateur pantomimes.