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Edward Gardner
Musical Director 1997-2002

In November of last year at the age of 27, Edward Gardner was appointed Assistant Conductor to the Hallé Orchestra, with whom he will make his debut in May 2002 conducting Elgar's In the South, Strauss' Oboe Concerto, and Ravel's Mother Goose Suite.

Edward studied at King's College Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music. Since graduating from the Royal Academy in 2000 with a distinction, Edward has assisted Sylvain Cambreling at the Salzburg Festival for Les Troyens and Figaro and Donald Palumbo with the Vienna State Opera Choir, conducting performances of Jenufa, Don Carlos, Falstaff and Cosi. He has also conducted English Touring Opera in The Rake's Progress and La Traviata and later this year will conduct Eugene Onegin for Glyndebourne Touring Opera.

Other forthcoming engagements include assisting Mark Elder at Covent Garden, for Verdi's Attila, Vladimir Jurowski at Glyndebourne and Noel Davies at English National Opera.

Edward combines his operatic work with a busy concert schedule which has recently included performances of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius, Tippett's Child of our Time, Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Szymanowski's Stabat Mater.

As a keen advocate of 20th and 21st Century Music, Edward set up the Chimera Ensemble while still a student at the Royal Academy. The group's performances include Twice through the Heart by Turnage and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and made its St. John's Smith Square debut in March 2000 with a programme based around Britten's two song cycles, Les Illuminations and Nocturne.