Edward-Rhys Harry

Undergraduate studies in Composition and Voice at University of Wales Bangor. Postgraduate study in Music Technology and Sound Recording, a PGCE and an MMus in Composition for the Theatre from the London College of Music, studying with Terry Davies and Stephen Sondheim. MA in Choral Conducting from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he twice received the RWCMD Glynne Jones Conducting Scholarship. PhD in Choral Composition from the University of Aberdeen, where he received the Elphinstone scholarship and the Derek Ogston scholarship in composition.  


Edward-Rhys Harry is voice coach, adjudicator, composer, arranger and conductor. He is the Artistic Director of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, of professional chamber choir Côr Siambr Cymru/Chamber Choir Wales and of his own chamber choir The Harry Ensemble. He is currently Musical Director of London Welsh Chorale, Harlow Chorus and City of Canterbury Chamber Choir, as well as the musical director and principal conductor of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir. He is also Honorary Conductor of Sandgrenska Manskören in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Previous work includes: vocal coach for Volgograd Opera House Chorus in Russia; musical director and arranger for 10 Sopranos international tour; directing the London Welsh Festival of Male Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018; conducting at music festivals in Melbourne Australia, Trevelin in Patagonia and Pennsylvania, Boston and New York in the US.

In 2006 he became a member of the Gorsedd Y Beirdd (Gorsedd of the Bards association). 

Edward-Rhys Harry works regularly with the Association of British Choral Directors, leading workshops in singing and conducting across the UK, runs an apprentice conductor scheme through The Harry Ensemble choir and is the Conductor-in-Residence of the British Sinfonietta Orchestra.

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Music direction for S4C, Sky Sports, ITV (advertisements) and ‘ident’ music for the BBC; vocal arrangements on the soundtrack for A Christmas Carol (2019).

Edward-Rhys Harry has been working on a six-part docu-drama about the Sex Pistols with director Danny Boyle. 

The Bike (short)

Recordings include: music arrangement for the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir’s album Immortal Memory; The Harry Ensemble’s Remember; and the forthcoming albums Fusions Vol 1 & 2 a collection of Edward-Rhys Harry’s instrumental and vocal music, performed by Annabel Thwaite; and Chasing Shadows a disc of his works for male choir.

Welsh Music Guild’s Glanville Jones Award for outstanding contribution to music 

(Published April 2021)