Director of Music

Edmond Fivet

Edmond Fivet has been a major force in British music education, having been Director of the Royal College of Music Junior Department and serving, for eighteen years, as Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Since retiring to Suffolk he has become increasingly involved in local music making, first conducting the Aldeburgh Music Club Choir in May 2007 in a programme that included Beethoven Mass in C, followed by a performance of the Mozart Requiem with the Phoenix Singers in November. Edmond was appointed Music Director of Aldeburgh Music Club in 2008 and was Music Director of the Phoenix Singers from 2009 to 2012. Concerts have included Handel Messiah; Mozart Mass in C Minor and Coronation Mass; Rossini Petite Mass; Walton Belshazzar’s Feast; Haydn Creation; Fauré Requiem; Haydn Nelson Mass and Schubert Mass in G and Mass in E flat; Orff Carmina Burana; Lambert’s Rio Grande; Mendelssohn Elijah and Verdi Requiem.

2008 also saw the formation of the Prometheus Orchestra, which Edmond conducts, and which has given concerts in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Aldeburgh, Orford, Framlingham, Woodbridge and Snape Maltings. Programmes have included a range of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven symphonies, Elgar, Grieg, Wagner and Schubert. Prometheus Orchestra played a major part in the 2011 and 2012 William Alwyn Festival.

Edmond has conducted many talented youth orchestras and ensembles including performances of Shostakovich’s Fifth and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphonies, and has conducted two major chamber orchestra tours, including Bach’s Violin Concertos with the then young Daniel Hope. In 2007 he conducted two performances of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in Cardiff. A widely experienced adjudicator, examiner and consultant, Edmond has worked at home and overseas.

Edmond is Chairman of the Bury St Edmunds Concert Club and the national Chair of Making Music’s Concert Promoters Group.

He was appointed a CBE in the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours for services to music and education.