Ex Rochester Chorister Sings at WNO World Premiere


Debut album ‘Materna Requiem’ by Rebecca Dale received its world premiere at The North Wales International Music Festival, held in St Asaph Cathedral on Saturday 22nd September. Edward Hyde was invited by the prestigious Welsh National Opera to sing as the treble soloist in an outstanding performance.

Edward was BBC Radio 2’s Chorister of the Year 2016-2017, He was deputy head chorister of Rochester Cathedral 2016-2017 and is a Music Scholar at King’s.

Working alongside Welsh National Opera soloists and the NEW Sinfonia, the premiere of the piece, a beautifully moving and uplifting tribute to Rebecca’s late mother, who died in 2010, was a great success receiving a standing ovation from the sold out venue.

Representatives from Decca Classics and the composer Rebecca Dale were thrilled with Edward’s performance commenting on his voice and professionalism. Producers from the Welsh National Opera said: “We cannot thank Edward enough for his incredible contribution in the Requiem Reflections concert at the weekend. It was truly an unforgettable evening and we are so grateful for all his hard work and talent!  We are still receiving wonderful feedback from the audience and participants.”

Edward was approached by the British composer  at the start of the year to attend a recording session for her new release ‘Materna Requiem’. He is one of four vocal soloists featured on this piece in a number of movements, all being accompanied by The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Edward said “To be involved with this Requiem right from the very start with the technical recording through to recording with the Liverpool Philharmonic and finally performing it live for Welsh National Opera has been an amazing journey. I feel so very honoured indeed”.