Edward John was a born in Swansea and educated at Olchfa Comprehensive School and Cardiff University. He presently teaches brass with Rhondda Cynon Taf Music Service and works with trainee student music teachers at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
As a trumpet player, he was taught by Brian Buckley, and progressed through the West Glamorgan County Youth system, culminating in becoming a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the first ever principal cornet of the Na¬tional Youth Brass Band of Wales. He was also a finalist in the TSB Welsh Young Musician of the Year. Edward has since played with all the major amateur orchestras in South Wales, as well as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a conductor, he has enjoyed a huge range of experiences over many years. He has directed the Glamorgan Chamber Orchestra and Neath Opera Group at Craig-y-Nos, as well as musicals for Newport Venture Players, Carmarthen Youth Opera and his own school. He has had the unique experience of conducting performances of Bernstein’s West Side Story for all three of these companies. He has also con¬ducted Swansea Philharmonic Choir in performances of Britten’s War Requiem and Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana.
Edward has played concerti with RSO in 2000 and 2016 and has been a member of the orchestra for many years before taking up the baton as the orchestra’s conductor. Recent programmes have included Beethoven’s 3rd and 5th Symphonies, Stravinsky’s Firebird and Holst’s The Planets.