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Guest Musical Director  |  Edward Goater


We are delighted to welcome Edward as the Guest Musical Director for Yeovil Chamber Choir for the Spring Term 2024.

Edward Goater is a choral and orchestral conductor, tenor and teacher living in Somerset. He studied conducting with Paul Brough and Roland Melia and for many years he was a member of the BBC Singers.
He is also former Director of Somerset Choral Society and former Associate Conductor of Berkshire Youth Choir. Currently Edward is Musical Director of the Military Wives Choir Foundation, Taunton and Director of Taunton Choral Society. In 2024 he will also be an interim director of Yeovil Chamber Choir.

Edward has worked with some of the very best musicians in the world including Pierre Boulez, Sir Bryn Terfel, Judith Weir, Sir Simon Rattle, Bob Chilcott and has appeared on TV and Radio on numerous occasions. His expertise in voice and choral training has seen him conduct many groups including The Harmonium Singers, The Chelsea Consort, The Wesley Singers, Military Wives Choirs across the country, Wells Cathedral Choir, Newcastle Cathedral Choir and with many other ensembles. As Chorus Master he has worked with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
Edward’s educational work takes him all over the world. He has given workshops in singing and conducting at many events - highlights include the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Marlborough College, Malaysia, and the BBC Ten Pieces Project. Edward’s experience as a performer and conductor make him a valued adjudicator in competitions and guest speaker for many institutions, and he has written for publications like Choir & Organ and the BBC.


Previous Musical Directors include, but not limited to:

Alice Dicker | Mid-Wessex Singers | South Petherton Combined Arts Choir
Graham Coatman
| Director of Music St John's Church, Devizes | Salisbury Community Choir | Director: Historically Informed Summer School
William McElwee | Musical Director, St Mary of the Angels, Wellington, New Zealand

Peter Parshall | Chapel Music Co-ordinator, Jesus College, Oxford | Musical Director, Axminster Chamber Choir | Axminster & District Choral Society
Judy Martin | Music Department, St Swithun's School, Winchester | Axminster Chamber Choir
Helen Brind | Musical Director, Weymouth Choral Society
David Gostick | Musical Director, Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir
James Henderson | Director of Music, Sherborne School | Director of Music & Organist, Sherborne Abbey
Peter Leech | Harmonia Sacra | Costanzi Consort | Spectra Musica
Steven Bell | Former Musical Director, Taunton Choral Society | Former Director of Music, Queen's College Taunton
Roger Durston | Former Director of Music, Wells Cathedral School | Former Principal Brit Performing Arts School
Guy Turner | Southwell Minster | Former Head of Music, Yeovil College
Anthony Saunders | Formerly Organist, St Mary's Church, Beaminster | Formerly Royal Academy of Music, London



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