Our Musical Director is Dr Edward Venn,
Professor in Music at the University of Leeds
Edward studied Music at the University of Birmingham; as an undergraduate his performance activities focused on the double bass. He branched out during his postgraduate studies, studying the viol with Alison Crum but also gaining valuable experience conducting local orchestras. After completing his PhD, Edward joined the Music Department at Lancaster University as a Lecturer in Music, where his responsibilities included the direction of the department Chamber Orchestra and New Music Ensemble; later, he was invited to conduct the Orchestra of the Lancaster University Music Society. Whilst at Lancaster, he began private conducting lessons with Ed Warren, and in 2003 was awarded an LRSM in Directing (Chamber Orchestra).
During his time at Lancaster, he also conducted local choirs and new music groups, his repertoire ranging from small chamber ensembles through to works for choir and orchestra; he also conducted performances of Holst’s opera Savitri. After taking on increasing choral duties, he studied with Peter Broadbent and passed (with Distinction) the Intermediate Level Choral directing qualification with the Association of British Choral Conductors in 2011.