“I worked with Ed Hawkins at AIMs in the summer of 2012. I rehearsed him as Leporello in the central section of Don Giovanni Act II.
Ed’s vocal accomplishment, musical- and stage-intelligence and quiet confidence made him a stand-out in an already-excellent amateur/student/semi-professional cast. His level of professionalism was easily the level of any chorister I have, in my years, put through their paces in understudy rehearsals…”
– Daniel Dooner
Staff Director, Royal Opera House
“Ed Hawkins was a tower of strength at AIMS Summer School in 2012, when he not only played a memorable Leporello in a staging of “Don Giovanni”, but also stepped in at short notice to take over the role of Truelove in a staging of the first scene in Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress“.
As a result, I booked him for a concert performance of the Haydn Nelson Mass with my choir, Sussex Chorus in the spring of 2013, where his sonorous Bass was ideally suited to the work – especially the Qui tollis movement with its wide-ranging tessitura.”
– Neil Jenkins
Artistic Director, AIMS International Music School
It was obvious from first meeting and hearing Ed Hawkins that here was a singer with great presence and authority. Not only does he have an impressive physique, but he has a voice to match, full of richness and power. Allied to this is his experience as an instrumentalist, which gives him that indefinable quality of musicianship which we all long for in a singer. I’m sure that he has a fine career ahead of him.
– Stephen Varcoe
“There aren’t that many singers who can handle the high baritone part AND the low bass part in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria with such distinction and with the ease and comfort that Ed did: a real pleasure to work with too.”
– Brian Kay
BBC Radio 2 presenter
Principle Conductor, Leith Hill Musical Festival, The Really Big Chorus
“Ed was the bass in the quartet of soloists for Beethoven’s Mass in C. Their vocal ensemble was amazing. One first violin player in the orchestra wrote: Personally, I found their singing, as a quartet, in the long slow movement quite moving. I had trouble concentrating on my own notes, as I listened to them, such was the purity of their singing!”
“Ed brought a richness of vocal quality and an assurance of performance to the bass solo part of our Beethoven “Mass in C” that was quite exceptional. A pleasure to work with.”
– Aedan Kerney MBE
Musical Director, Worthing Choral Society
“Ed filled the church with his wonderfully rich and powerful voice, delighting both choir and audience alike.
It is a pleasure to work with Ed – we shall certainly be inviting him again”
– David Burgess
Musical Director – Botley Choral Society