EDWARD WARREN

 [London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall]

who has long been regarded as one of the most versatile of British conductors, able to tackle a wide diversity of music, was born in Cambridge and he studied bassoon with Archie and Kerry Camden and conducting with Vernon Handley, as well as composition with Philip Cannon and piano with Margaret Plummer and John Russell.

After a number of years in the orchestral playing profession, most notably with English National Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and then as principal bassoon with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra [with whom he frequently appeared as soloist],  he made his professional conducting debut with the RLPO in 1980 - and thence has returned to conduct them a great many times in music ranging from Beethoven Symphonies to film scores.

In the South and West of England, Edward has also had strong links with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has given a great many concerts  - covering as much span of repertoire as actual geographical miles.

Over many seasons Warren has also been a regular visitor to numerous other orchestras in the UK, including - in London - the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic, the Hallé Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic [Manchester], the Ulster Orchestra [Belfast], the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra [Glasgow].

As a broadcaster he is well known for his work with the London-based BBC Concert Orchestra in its celebrated programmes, "Melodies for You" and "Friday Night is Music Night".

Internationally, concert work has included prestigious engagements with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra and the Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie [Konstanz - Bodensee] as well as work on tour with British orchestras in France, Austria, the Czech Republic and Norway.

[with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra]

In addition to all the above, Edward has long enjoyed his work with amateur orchestras and choirs [being President of Chester Philharmonic Orchestra and formerly, for 16 years, Principal Guest Conductor of Stockport Symphony Orchestra] as well as fostering the talents of young musicians, both in his conducting of student and youth orchestras and in his international work as examiner and adjudicator. He was for many years a prominent member of staff at the Royal Northern College of Music [Manchester] where he held, amongst others, the positions of Resident Conductor of the RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Senior Tutor in Conducting.

 

"Edward Warren directed a profoundly sympathetic performance.......without ever obscuring the turbulent, private nature of the composer's musical rhetoric"  - The Guardian