Edmond Fivet has been a major force in British music education, having been Director of the Royal College of Music Junior Department and serving, for eighteen years, as Principal of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Since retiring to Suffolk he has become increasingly involved in local music making, first conducting the Aldeburgh Music Club Choir in May 2007 in a programme that included Beethoven Mass in C followed by a performance of the Mozart Requiem with the Phoenix Singers in November. Edmond was appointed Musical Director of Aldeburgh Music Club in 2007 and was music director of the Phoenix Singers from 2009 to 2012. Concerts have included Handel Messiah; Mozart Mass in C Minor and Coronation Mass; Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle; Walton Belshazzar’s Feast; Haydn Creation; Fauré Requiem; Haydn Nelson Mass and Schubert Mass in G and Mass in E flat; Orff Carmina Burana; Lambert’s Rio Grande; Mendelssohn Elijah and VerdiRequiem.
2008 saw the formation of the Prometheus Orchestra, which Edmond conducts, and which has given concerts in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Aldeburgh, Orford, Framlingham, Woodbridge and Snape Maltings. Programmes have included a range of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven symphonies, Elgar, Grieg, Wagner and Schubert. Prometheus Orchestra has played at every Alwyn Festival since its foundation in 2010.
Edmond has conducted many talented youth orchestras and ensembles including performances of Shostakovich’s Fifth and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphonies and has conducted two major chamber orchestra tours including Bach’s Violin Concertos with the then young Daniel Hope. In 2007 he conducted two performances of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in Cardiff. A widely experienced adjudicator, examiner and consultant, Edmond has worked at home and overseas.
He was appointed a CBE in the Queen’s 2008 Birthday Honours for services to music and education.