Edward Farmer

Music Director

Edward Farmer began his musical study as a composer, pianist, double bassist, and singer, graduating from the Royal College of Music with a Masters Degree. After a period working as a composer, including developing new opera on the Royal Opera House Composers’ Scheme, Edward began to work as a conductor. In 2016/2017 he will make his debut as guest conductor with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and continue as Music Director of London Arts Orchestra – an exciting new orchestra described by the Huffington Post as “an intoxicating combination of arts, visuals, music and storytelling.” A passionate advocate for classical music, Edward will be presenting a TED talk in December 2016 called “The Power of Familiarity, how classical music is changing”. He has previously toured Europe as assistant conductor to Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and conducted the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, London Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Strings, Dartington Festival Orchestra, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Pärnu City Orchestra and the Estonian National Youth Orchestra, in masterclasses with great maestros including Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, and Neeme Järvi. His conducting teachers include Peter Stark (Royal College of Music), Leonid Grin, and Robert Dean (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

For more information visit: www.edwardfarmer.co.uk.

David Williams

Chairman

David is the co-founder of London Arts Orchestra. He trained as an engineer, and has since worked in management consulting for both the public and private sector, advising businesses and government departments including the Cabinet Office, the NHS and a series of financial services firms within capital markets. He has always been a musician at heart and after 15 years of playing French Horn in the orchestral and Brass Band circuit, David took up conducting under the guidance of Jonathan Tilbrook (Trinity College of Music). Whilst a student he was Principal Conductor of the University of Nottingham Sinfonia and won a Union award for his Presidency of the Music Society.