Edward Wickham   conductor

Edward Wickham

Edward was a regular visitor to the Lacock Summer School and also directed Lacock courses in Holland, Belgium, Spain and Cyprus.

After graduating in Modern History from Christ Church, Oxford, Edward did post-graduate work at King's College, London while simultaneously pursuing a singing and conducting career. His research in Early Renaissance music earned him a PhD from King's, and since then he has continued to research and teach, latterly at St Catharine's College, Cambridge where he is Director of Music and of Academic Studies in Music. Throughout this time he has worked with a number of amateur and professional ensembles, and has been much in demand as a choral coach, in the UK, Europe, the US and Japan.

In addition to projects with The Clerks, Edward has been developing national and international links through his work at Cambridge. In 2006, as a result of contacts made through his work for the choral festival Tokyo Cantat, Edward took St Catharine's Choir on a hugely successful tour to Japan, which included collaborative concerts with a number of Japanese choirs. In 2007, he and St Catharine's welcomed student choirs from Lebanon to perform alongside the St Catharine's Choir, in concerts in Cambridge, Oxford and Ely.

Since arriving at St Catharine's, Edward has sought to engage with the local community, and in particular Cambridgeshire schools, through a number of outreach projects. This has culminated in a unique initiative, to be launched in September 2008: the establishment of a children's girls choir, the first such choir of its kind anywhere in the U.K.

Edward has summed up his attitude to music-making in a recent interview. "Those of us who have had the luck and privilege to enjoy good musical educations, sometimes content ourselves with thinking all we need to do to fulfil our role as musicians is to turn up and perform as best we can. But by working with the audiences of today (and, we hope, of tomorrow) we get the opportunity to inspire and surprise - ourselves as much as others."