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Who is John Oliver Edwards
Many have asked

John was bitten by the music bug at an early age when as the most musical person in his boarding house he was given the dubious privilege of directing their house singing competition. After realising the power he had just waving his hands he decided that conducting was to become one of the activities he enjoyed the most.

John had always sung with any choir that would let him when at school but it was not until after he left school that he realised that he had a “not bad” bass voice and started singing lessons with Diana Rees.

You still could not keep John away from choirs and he joined choirs and choral societies in the Somerset area. However his megalomaniac tendencies were not satisfied by just singing in the chorus and he desired more.

After taking his Grade 8 Singing and Grade 8 Voice exams John started to apply for music courses and was accepted on a teaching singing course at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (although it was only the Birmingham Conservatoire in those days).

At the Conservatoire John studied with Keith Darlington, joined the Chamber Choir and sung with and soloed for the Polytechnic Chorus. The Conservatoire also pimped out John to solo for many groups in the area and he had the joy of singing such amazing compositions as Stainers Crucifixion, Haydn Creation and Puccini Messa Di Gloria. (Only two of those are amazing but I let you work out which one isn’t).

John also took over The Paradise Singers and soloed for them singing Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Christmas Carol in Birmingham Cathedral.

John left the Conservatoire with a degree in music and a diploma in singing teaching.

Deciding that he had left university without enough performing qualifications John took a singing performing Diploma from Trinity College, London.

John also studied with Glenville Hargrieves during this time.

In a desperate attempt to achieve a regular wage John went into teaching. As part of his teaching activities John found many opportunities to expand his musical activities. This included directing musicals, taking over a church choir, founding two choral societies, a barbershop group and two chamber choirs.

John also joined opera and operatic groups performing Mozarts Masetto, Papageno and Figaro (you can work out the opera) as well a some G&S Gondoliers, HMS Pinafore. There are others but let’s not make this too boring.

John also offered to sing for anyone who would pay him (and a few who didn’t) soloing with local choral societies and did the usual rounds of Mozart and Faure Requiem, Messiah, Armed Man, Nelson Mass and many many more.

In 2007 John got tired of rain and moved to Spain to start a new life and a new company. Very soon he scratched the surface of Spanish life and found the cultural underground. He joined a Renaissance Choir and a Male Voice Choir (talk about contrast) and also started to teach privately.

He also started to perform for local groups and was asked to solo for the usual suspects of oratorio, masses and operatic highlights.

In recent years John has been appointed the Assistant Director of Music for the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir and after pulling together a performance of a Bach Cantata, Musical Director of 152, including its own Chamber Choir 152.8 (I know odd name but you can read their website to find out why).

In May 2021 after a long and hard year trying to rehearse though a pandemic John was delighted to be appointed Musical Director of the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir and in May 2022 he was appointed musical director of the Dénia Rock Choir (he has resisted the temptation to start smashing instrumets on stage so far).

In September 2022 John will be taking over as Musical Director of The English Choir in Teulada.

Other interesting things about John. He plays the Tuba and Saxophone, he is a dreadful pianist, hates Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky and knows far too many Soprano jokes.