Ed Whitehead is currently studying for a BA Hons in Music at Hertford College, Oxford University, graduating in June 2014. During his time at Oxford he has held the Senior Organ Scholarship at Hertford College, the Senior Repetiteur Scholarship at New Chamber Opera, the Conducting Scholarship at Schola Cantorum of Oxford, and the Joan Conway Performance Scholarship. From September 2014 he will be studying for an MMus in Opera Repetiteurship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and will take up the post of Choir Director and Organist at All Saints' Church, Woodford Wells. He will be the receiver of a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award in the 2014/15 academic year.
Ed has been Principal Conductor of Oxford University Sinfonietta since 2012, and Musical Director of the Arcadian Singers since 2013. From 2011-2014 he Directed the Hertford College Chapel Choir as Organ Scholar, with whom he performed in various venues in the UK, Belgium, Germany, and Malta. In 2013-2014 was Studio Director at New Chamber Opera, directing from the Harpsichord in productions of Scarlatti's La Giuditta (June 2013), for which he prepared a complete performing edition, and Cavalli's La Calisto (February 2014). He has worked as Assistant Conductor with the Orion Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Studio Oxford, and as Conducting Scholar at Schola Cantorum of Oxford he was assistant to James Burton in the 2013/14 season. In 2012 he took part in the Kammerphilharmonie Graz International Conducting Competition in Austria, and has also participated in a conducting masterclass with the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra. Ed has studied orchestral conducting with Peter Stark, Colin Metters, Nicholas Cleobury, Toby Purser, and John Traill, and choral conducting with Paul Spicer, Owen Rees, and Edward Higginbottom.
As an opera repetiteur, Ed has worked with singers at Opera Studio Oxford, Yorke Trust Coastal Opera, and New Chamber Opera, on productions of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Mozart's Il re pastore, Philip Glass' Galileo Galilei, Scarlatti's La Giuditta, Handel's Tamerlano, Cavalli's La Calisto, and later this year, Haydn's L’Infedeltà Delusa.