Dr Ed Jones

Ed Jones BMus (hons) ARCO PhD

Organ Scholar at Exeter Cathedral
and Chapel Choir Organist

Ed Jones comes from Aberdeen originally, where the dulcet tones of a counter-tenor inspired him to join a choir and, ultimately, learn the organ.

A small biographical leap then found him as Assistant Organist to The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Aberdeen. He studied with George Chittenden through to his Grade 8, and Roger Williams to gain his ARCO in Summer 2014; in 2015 he was Organ Scholar to Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire.

He then moved south in search of the kingdom of El Dorado but has stopped temporarily in Exeter to study as Organ Scholar. Here his duties include playing at the Cathedral, rehearsing and conducting, as well as accompanying the University Chapel Choir in services.

Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Aberdeen in 2011. During his time as an undergraduate, he was awarded the Ogston Music Making Award, the Chris Cadwur James Composition Award and he is the only music student ever to be awarded the Aberdeen City Quincentenary Prize. He then wasn't quite content with education, and so Professor Mealor enticed him to sign up for a few more years in academia.

Ed finished his studies for a PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Aberdeen in 2015, under the supervision of Professor Paul Mealor and Dr Phillip Cooke, where his research and compositions focus on vocal works. Recent works have included some SATB responses, various liturgical motets, and a collection of four William Blake settings entitled The Travellers Journey. A magnum opus, The Arctic Elegy, was composed to mark the end of his PhD. The piece commemorates the lives lost in the Franklin Expedition of 1845 and was performed by the University of Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Choral Society in March 2015.

As a conductor, Ed has sung with and conducted a wide variety of groups from the choir at St Andrew's Cathedral in Aberdeen and Con Anima Chamber Choir, to having been musical director to fully staged operas within the University of Aberdeen.