Edward Warren, President of Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, was born in Cambridge, and studied at the Royal College of Music in London. Before turning regularly to conducting he spent some twenty years as a professional bassoonist, with English National Opera, The London Symphony Orchestra and as principal bassoon with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom he appeared frequently as a soloist.
He made his professional conducting debut with the RLPO in 1980 and since then has conducted it in innumerable concerts. Elsewhere in the UK he has built a reputation in engagements with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata as well as having been a regular visitor over the years to the BBC Concert Orchestra in its ever-popular “Melodies for You” and “Friday Night is Music Night” programmes.
In Europe he has conducted the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie [Konstanz], and the Munich Symphony Orchestra
He is equally at home working with young musicians and, indeed, he spent a seven-year period as Resident Conductor of the symphony orchestra at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, where he was also Senior Tutor in Conducting, teaching a number of young talents who went on to conduct CPO before building international careers. He was made a Fellow of that College [FRNCM] in 2000.
These days, he spends at least three months a year in international musical travels, that in recent times have taken him to Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies, Turkey, Macau and Sri Lanka.
His association with Chester Philharmonic is a long one – he first conducted the orchestra in 1982, thereafter regarding concerts conducted in the Cathedral as something of a musical homecoming.