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Dr. Edward Caine PhD was brought up in Scotland, attended Ackworth School, West Yorkshire with a joint Art and Music scholarship, then completed a BA in Music at Durham University where he studied composition under Dr. Paul Archbold and worked with composers Fabrice Fitch and Martyn Harry. Edd then moved to York and completed an MA and PhD in Composition at the University of York under Prof. Roger Marsh, Nicola Lefanu and John Stringer.

In addition to his studies, Edd has worked as a postgraduate lecturer for the University of York and Hull University and Tutor for the Centre for Lifelong Learning as Welfare Tutor and Music Tutor for Vanbrugh College, University of York, freelance Jazz pianist and Piano Teacher as well as Web designer/programmer. He has also previous worked as Projects Manager for Late Music and Assistant for publisher UYMP. He also runs and performs in new music trio cat•er•waul, conducts upper-voice choir Sicut Sol and sings bass for contemporary vocal group The 24.

Edd has worked with the following ensembles and performers: Black Hair Ensemble, Alison Wells, Gemini Ensemble, Chimera, YoMAMA choir, Veriditas Opera, Fitzwilliam String Quartet, Ossian Ensemble, Nora Ryan, Ian Pace, TOEAC Accordion Duo, Rika Zayasu, Nieuw Ensemble, Trio Atem, Charlotte Bishop, Damien and Maria Harron, Bright Cecilia, Vanbrugh Voices, Vanbrugh Ensemble, Kreutzer Quartet and Brake Drum Percussion, Opera North, George Kennaway, Peyee Chen and Threads Orchestra.

Places Edd has been performed/workshopped in: Durham University, Fortrose Academy, Spring Festival of New Music, York 2002, 2003 + 2010, Late Music Festival 2005, 2008, Late Music Concert Series 2009-10, York Minster, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2010, ‘The Spoken Word’ Open Mic Night, University of York Concert Series, ‘Sconfini’ Arts Festival, Modena, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, University of York Graduation ceremony, Chelthenham Festival, Manchester Universtiy, Heidelberg, Ripon Cathedral and the Howard Assembly Room, Grand Theatre, Leeds

He has been awarded previously the following bursaries, commissions and placements: Ackworth School Art and Music Study Scholarships, State of the Nation student bursary, University of York Music Department Scholarship 2005-6, SPNM (now Sound and Music) shortlist 2008-11, HCMF + Nieuw Ensemble Professional Development Scheme 2010, Sound and Music + Cheltenham Festival Commission 2010, University of York Music Press Student Assistantship, The Jack Lyons Celebration Award, Late Music Comission 2011

Press Quotes

Edward Caine brought a slow, studied beauty to a duet on [En un vergier sotz fuella d’albespi]. Kerry Andrew’s dawnsong, a lament to a tolling bell, was equally irresistible.

Martin Dreyer, York Press

The lighting by Kelli Zezulka creates an atmosphere that only matched by the eeriness of the background score created by Anja Djodjevic and played brilliantly by the seven piece orchestra, spearheaded by Edward Caine on piano.

Whatson Stage
about a tour of Echo and Narcissus by Anja Djordevik

Edward Caine whisked his Debussy influences in a volatile direction with wild flowers. Its vivid note clusters allowed Pace to exhibit colour and subtlety in a formidably explosive acoustic.

Rich Powell, York Press

[…]a very controlled and clear performance by Edd Caine on the piano

Alan Gillott, OneandOther

“What fruite of immortality captures the essence of English Church music where Edd picks up on those wonderful harmonic suspensions using the choir to evoke the atmosphere of a large resonant space.”

“When we got to Psalm 23, Edd gave us a truly new take on this poetry.”

“Even Archbishop Parker struggled with the rhymes for this psalm erring on the side of sentimentally. Edd’s setting cut right through this placing the psalm as a beautiful piece of poetry.”

Alan Gillott, OneandOther


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