Born: 07 June 1955
Edmund Brownless was born in Norwich, England and sang as a chorister in the choir of Hereford Cathedral. After emigrating to Nova Scotia he studied voice with Prof. Marie McCarthy, composition with Prof. Alfred Fisher at Acadia University and Prof. Jan Simons at McGill University in Montréal, where he received B. Mus. and M. Mus. degrees in vocal performance. He also participated in masterclasses with Alfred Deller, Emma Kirkby, Nigel Rogers, and Andrea von Ramm. Later he studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland (Richard Levitt) and had lessons with Cornelius L. Reid in New York. As a soloist he has performed throughout Europe and North America and sings on many recordings, notably with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, L'Ensemble Claude-Gervaise, The Boston Camerata, Capilla Flamenca (Belgium), The Bach Ensemble (Joshua Rifkin), Sequentia (Benjamin Bagby), Ensemble Gilles Binchois (Dominique Vellard), and the Clemencic Consort (René Clemencic). He teaches voice (Early Music) at Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, and is the director of Das Consort Franckfort. He has directed productions of medieval mystery plays, four operas and a musical. He edits much Early Music and also composes church music, especially hymns. He contributed a couple of his editions to CPDL; they can be found on his user page.