About

Writer, Broadcaster, Podcaster, and Musical Theatre obsessive.

He wrote and presented the long-running BBC Radio 3 series Stage & Screen, in which he interviewed many of the most prominent writers and stars of musical theatre. He appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 and 4. On television, he has commentated a number of times at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. He has published books on Mahler and the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, and has been on Gramophone Magazine‘s review panel for many years. Edward presented the 2007 series of the Radio 4 music quiz Counterpoint.

He has interviewed everyone from Leonard Bernstein to Liza Minnelli; from Paul McCartney to Pavarotti: from Julie Andrews to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

JOURNALIST AND CRITIC

Edward is a prolific writer and journalist. He is:

Previously he has been:

  • Chief Classical Music Critic for The Independent
  • Chief Classical Music Critic for The Sunday Correspondent
  • Classical Music Critic for The Guardian
  • Classical Music Magazine
  • BBC Music Magazine
  • Hi-Fi News & Record Review Magazine
  • The Strad
  • Has written also for The Times and The Sunday Times

BROADCASTER

A wide range of programmes on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 as writer, presenter, commentator and critic, including:

BBC Radio 3

  • Stage & Screen – Writer and Presenter
    This long-running series included Edward’s acclaimed interviews with Julie Andrews, Angela Lansbury, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, Barbara Cook, Michael Ball, Stephen Sondheim, Elaine Paige, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John
  • Presenter Weekend Morning on 3
  • Presenter of The BBC Proms
  • Afternoon Performance
  • CD Review – incl. Building a Library and the annual ‘Critics Choice’
  • Nightwaves
  • The Changing Voice
  • In Character
  • Mining The Archive
  • Performance on 3

BBC Radio 4

  • Presenter of Counterpoint on BBC Radio 4, 2007
  • Kaleidoscope special with Sir Paul McCartney
  • Woman’s Hour with Elaine Paige

Television

  • BBC Cardiff Singer of the World coverage
  • Julie Andrews sings Richard Rodgers – Polygram Video/TV Special
  • Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note
  • Jacqueline du Pre: Playing With Fire
  • The South Bank Show: Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Maxim Vengerov: Playing By Heart
  • Dame Margaret Price – In conversation at Wigmore Hall

Podcasts
Clients have included:

  • EMI Records
  • Barbican Centre
  • Sony Classical Records
  • Naxos Records
  • English National Opera
  • Glyndebourne Festival Opera
  • Opera North
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • City of London Festival
  • Josef Weinberger Ltd
  • Halle Orchestra
  • Curve Theatre, Leicester
  • Sondheim – In Good Company

PUBLIC APPEARANCES

  • Chairman of the Jury for The Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year
  • Judging panel for The Voice of Musical Theatre Competition in Cardiff
  • Judging panel for The Voice of Tomorrow – the Final
  • Moderated public interviews with Stephen Sondheim (Queen’s Theatre, London) and Charles Strouse (Shaw Theatre, London)
  • Pre-performance events for the BBC Proms, English National Opera, Cheltenham Festival, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: public interviews with Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, John Tomlinson, Jonas Kaufmann, Juan Diego Florez
  • Wigmore Hall: Evenings with Anja Silja and Margaret Price

ACTING

Radio:

  • Numerous dramas incl. The Archers, BBC Radio 4: Peter Stephens

Film:

  • Young Winston (dir Richard Attenborough)
  • Julia (dir Fred Zinnerman)
  • A Bridge Too Far, (dir Richard Attenborough)

Television:

  • The Regiment
  • Get Some In

Theatre:

  • Bristol Old Vic
  • Tyneside Theatre Company
  • Timothy West Company at the Billingham Forum
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe

PUBLICATIONS

  • Mahler: His Life and Times (Omnibus Press)
  • Michael Tilson Thomas: Viva Voce – a collection of conversations with the American conductor (Faber and Faber)
  • Liner notes & EPK Promotional Videos for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Decca, and others.
  • Essays on Leonard Bernstein’s Candide and The Merry Wives of Windsor in Music for the Edinburgh Festival and Royal Shakespeare Company programmes