ABOUT THE CHOIR
President Cecilia McDowall
Honorary Patron The Rt Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Canterbury
Edward-Rhys Harry Music Director
Ed Kemp-Luck Accompanist
Miles Banbery Chair of Trustees
Janet Mander Trustee and Hon Treasurer
Lisa Johnson Trustee and Hon Secretary
Tony Eldridge Founding Chair
Registered charity No. 1049304
Founded in 1995, the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir has made regular appearances at the Presteigne and Canterbury festivals, and also at the English Music Festival, for the Sittingbourne Music Club and has performed regularly with Orchestra Nova, both in concert and on disc. In October 2011 we were privileged to perform at St John’s, Smith Square as part of Cecilia McDowall’s 60th birthday concert and are delighted to have been invited to join the London Welsh Male Voice Choir in concert at Canterbury Cathedral in 2019.
The choir performs an ever-growing repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to new commissions, and has an enviable reputation for fine standards of performance. Audiences and critics alike have praised the precision and outstanding musicianship of the choir.
After 22 successful years under the baton of founding Music Director and respected British conductor George Vass, in 2017 we were delighted to announce the appointment of Edward-Rhys Harry as his successor.
Following the amazing success of their first commercial recording made in 2004, we have made a total of four CDs of music by Cecilia McDowall and Michael Hurd - all partnering Orchestra Nova on the Dutton Epoch label.
One of the most important aspects behind the formation of the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir was to generate funds for local and national charitable organisations. Concert performances have raised well over £40,000 for charitable organisations including most recently Catching Lives, Porchlight, Pilgrim’s Hospices, Royal Society of Musicians, SNAAP and Strode Park Foundation.
Dr Edward-Rhys Harry, Music Director
Edward-Rhys Harry works across the UK and internationally as a voice coach, adjudicator, composer, arranger and choral conductor and became Music Director of the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir in 2017. Edward has recently completed his studies for a PhD in choral composition with Phillip Cooke and Paul Mealor at the University of Aberdeen having been tutored by Morten Lauridsen, Judith Bingham and Sir James MacMillan. Following his work as vocal coach for Volgograd Opera House Chorus in Russia, Edward has the honour of being the current music director of Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
He has directed performances for S4C (channel 4 Wales), Sky Sports, ITV adverts and ‘ident’ music for BBC TV and radio as well as making a number of television appearances.
He is the Artistic Director of Côr Siambr Cymru/Chamber Choir Wales, a professional chamber choir, and The Harry Ensemble, his own chamber choir as well as Musical Director of Harlow Chorus, London Welsh Chorale, and London Welsh Male Voice Choir. He is a member of the training team for the Association of British Choral Directors and Conductor-in-Residence of the British Sinfonietta.
You can find out more about Edward at https://www.edwardrhysharry.com/
Ed Kemp-Luck, Accompanist
An organ scholar at Queen’s College, Oxford, Ed gained his FRCO diploma while studying with Catherine Ennis at St Lawrence Jewry. He then undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music and the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. He has given recitals at St Paul’s, Southwark, Liverpool Anglican and Bourges cathedrals, made the first recording on the newly restored Flight and Robson organ of St Nicholas’ Church, Harwich, his home town, and also performed on the seventy-fifth anniversary CD of The Organ Club.
He is a freelance organist, accompanist and continuo player, and has been associated with the City of Canterbury Chamber Choir since the group’s inception. He also works with the Addison Singers, the Hampstead Chorus and the London Welsh Chorale.