Edward Hawkins

Born in London, Edward studied trumpet and piano as a child, going on to read music at King’s College, London, studying trumpet at the Royal Academy of Music with Iaan Wilson.

After graduating in 2001, Edward began working as a freelance musician with various orchestras and small ensembles, and in recording studios across the UK.

Having begun singing in his late twenties, Edward quickly began to develop a professional career, studying privately with Russell Smythe and Gary Coward.

In 2015 Edward became a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, and worked for four years on various critically acclaimed productions, including performances at the BBC Proms and worldwide cinema broadcasts. Highlights have included Barry Kosky’s Saul, covering Flora’s servant in La Traviata and performing in the semichorus of Brett Dean’s award-winning Hamlet.

This year, Edward has covered and performed the role of Banquo in Verdi’s Macbeth, and performed the role of the doctor, for English Touring Opera. He subsequently appeared as Banquo for Duchy Opera at the Minack Theatre, and will rejoin English Touring Opera in 2020 to perform the role of Achilla in Giulio Cesare, and cover Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. Edward has previously performed the roles of Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro) Long Tom (Merrie England), Sergeant Merrill (Yeomen of the Guard), Polyphemus (Acis and Galatea) and Patriarch/Theodesius (Margaret of Antioch).