Ed Henderson

“A dazzling display of low-key acoustic virtuosity.” “marvelously lyrical” – Georgia Straight

Ed Henderson has worked extensively in Canada’s music community having composed many theatrical scores for the likes of the Stratford Festival and Arts Club Theatre and documentary scores for CBC, CTV, Bravo, Knowledge and Vision networks. He has been commissioned to compose works for many including the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Elektra Women’s Choir, The Dance Centre, Canadian Music Centre, the Vancouver InterCultural Orchestra and musica intima.   He has been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of many including a Juno (Ancient Cultures, El Camino Real), Jessie Richardson and Dora Mavor Moore (theatre), Leo (TV score) and Cannes (TV score).

His choral works are widely recorded, presented and published. His work Birdsong (for SATB, soloists and tar, the Iranian precursor to the guitar) is a cross-cultural composition combining Sufi rhythmic elements and scales with Western harmonic textures.  The text is from the great Sufi poet Jaläl ad-Dïn Muhammad Rumi with translations by Coleman Barks, and the work has been much performed by musica intima and the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Ed has studied privately with many outstanding teachers including Gordon Delamont (orchestration), David Walden (piano), Michael Strutt, Lennie Breau and more recently Victor Kolstee (guitar).  He has attended many workshops including those of Sir Malcolm Arnold, Janos Starker, Lehman Engels and Bob Elhai.

Ed is in demand as an orchestrator, having written many of the orchestrations for the national anthems recorded by the VSO for the 2010 Olympic Ceremonies in Vancouver, and is a recording and performing musician having worked with many of Canada’s finest performers including his brother Bill’s band Chilliwack, the VSO, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Chor Leoni, Ann Mortifee, Paul Horn, Tangissimo, Leon Bibb, Eric Bibb, Paul Baillargeon, among others.

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