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).

Edward played in the 2016-17 production of She Loves Me at the Menier Chocolate Factory. His next major performances will be Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican in 2017-18



Edward has appeared as a soloist with the 
Camerata of London on several occasions, including a performance of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no.2.  He has also made solo appearances with Sinfonia da Chiesa, Surrey ProMusica, London City Chamber Orchestra, MANA Chamber Orchestra, the Capriol Chamber Choir and the North Downs Consort.  Other orchestras with which Edward has appeared, include the National Festival Orchestra, London Gala Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, 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.
 

He has played in numerous shows: in 2011, he was in the band for the European premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Road Show at the Menier Theatre in London and recently played in the West End production of Merrily We Roll Along, which received more five star reviews than any show in West End history. The show was filmed and screened in cinemas throughout the world. The 'Merrily' orchestra was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2014.

 He has deputised in the orchestra in the hit musical Top Hat. Previously, he has deputised for several shows in Regents Park Open Air Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre, and appeared in a tour of The Music Man and a pantomime.  

 

 
 

In 2013-2014, Edward played in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Richard II, starring David Tennant, both in Stratford and in the London run at the Barbican.

In 2015-16, he played in the RSC's productions of Henry IV parts 1 & 2 and Henry V at the Barbican. 

He enjoys big band playing, and has performed with the Nick Ross Orchestra.

 


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 and Something Borrowed, along with Hark! Traditional Carols in a New Light.  Something Blue will shortly be released. 

 

Edward's trumpet playing can be heard on the CDs accompanying four books published by Boosey and Hawkes: Christopher Norton's Concert Collection for trumpet (click here to listen to samples); Vuelvo Al Sur and El Viaje by Piazzolla and Play Rachmaninoff, along with his own books, published by Spartan Press, and the Dozen a Day trumpet book.

He has played the natural trumpet with groups such as Florilegium, the Brook Street Band and the 18th Century Concert Orchestra and played with Die Kolner Akademie in a recent televised concert in Malta.  He has performed many times at Hampton Court Palace in period costume.   

 
 

Edward has performed on the sound tracks for two silent films, Strike and Battleship Potemkin with the New Music Players

On screen, Edward makes a fleeting appearance as an Elizabethan court musician in the film Elizabeth The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen and Geoffrey Rush.

Edward on the set of The Golden Age:

Edward also plays the piano and has been the musical director for three amateur pantomimes.