I had the luck to work closely with Ed for 28 years - the most harmonious professional relationship I have ever had, or could ever imagine. Under a quiet exterior lurks a raving visionary, someone who is always asking questions, always searching for the next step forward. Ed is a resource which should be exploited and plundered (maybe gold mined would be a better term!). There are not many people like him around in our profession or any other, as far as I can see. I hope many other artists and institutions have the benefit of his knowledge, care and wisdom.
Sir Simon Rattle CBE
Ed is a wonderful colleague who gave me my first job as Music Director of a professional orchestra - the Gothenburg Symphony. His huge knowledge and experience and his contacts throughout the orchestral world has been of immense value to me in my early years. Anyone seeking his advice about any aspect of our "business" will be very fortunate.
Posted 03 September 2010.
Camerata Nordica - Sweden’s international ensemble - continues to develop in an ever more interesting way-recently being the recipient of a major EC awatd for collaborative projects in Sweden, Estonia and the UK. (www.camerata.se)
Its appearance in the 2013 Proms was huge success and has done much to increase its international recognition. A release on BIS of the Beethoven late String Quartets arranged for string ensemble has also been received with great acclaim
After stints in interim Executive Director roles with the RLPO and Ulster Orchestra I’ve continued working on projects with the Symphony Orchestra of India and other institutions including helping the Luxembourg Philharmonic identify a new Principal Conductor - resulting in the appointment of Gustavo Giminez.
Consultancy work for the Scottish Government as an external assessor for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra included a remarkable project the orchestra undertook in the Shetlands producing a wonderful series iof events for the Islanders - and introducing many newcomers to the thrills of live music making. I now fulfil a similar role as an assessor for Scottich Opera.
Last year, I fulfilled a longed for dream and bought an apartment overlooking Lake Como.
I’m very happy to be able to help a young conductor, Oliver Zeffman in his endeavors to enter the challenging world of conducting and am a trustee of the orchestra he founded and conducts in ever more enterprising projects - Melos Sinfonia ( www.melossinfonia.co,uk)
There’s a note at the bottom of this page referring to the company that designed this site for me - Made Media. This Birmingham based company was recommended to me by Sarah Gee (Founding Partner of Indigo and a colleague from CBSO days) and its Managing Director is Jake Grimley. His father is Terry, who was the long serving Arts Editor of the Birmingham Post ( and author of the recently published history of Symphony Hall) when it was a daily. I’m very pleased with what Jake has done for me - his clients include:
Glyndebourne,Sadlers Wells,Town Hall/Symphony Hall Birmingham,Nottingham Playhouse,Royal Court Theatre,English Touring Opera and BCMG…..
it’s good to be in their company!
Posted 26 September 2011.