The Edge Chamber Choir

The Edge Chamber Choir was founded in March 2014 by Ros Crouch, a keen and experienced choral singer, who found herself travelling to Shrewsbury and Newport (near Telford) in search of chamber choirs singing at the level she was looking for.  This led her to wonder whether there were other singers in the south of Shropshire who were also travelling long distances to sing.   Always one to leap in and explore an opportunity, at the end of 2013 Ros started advertising for potential members – experienced singers with good sight reading abilities and the willingness to practise between rehearsals – and it seemed that she was right; there were a number of singers looking for the opportunity to sing challenging, inspirational and beautiful choral music by 20th and 21st century composers in a good quality auditioned chamber choir in this area.

Thanks to Ros’s vision and inspiration, the Edge Chamber Choir performed its first concert ‘A Fusion of Voices and Saxophone’ in July 2014 in St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow.  This was very well received and the choir now performs three concerts a year, and goes from strength to strength.  With each concert the choir is expanding its repertoire, and has performed a wide variety of music including pieces written and arranged especially for the choir, as well as choral favourites such as Duruflé’s Requiem and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.  In addition to St Laurence’s Church in Ludlow, the choir has performed in a variety of venues, including St Michael's Church in Tenbury, Leominster Priory, the United Reformed Church in Church Stretton, the Ludlow Brewery and the Ludlow Assembly Rooms.

In March 2016, only two years after it had been formed, the choir took part in the Choir of the Year competition and received positive comments from the judges: “This was an excellent tour de force.”  “…beautifully and sensitively sung, with lovely blend and balance.”  “Good clarity of tone and diction ...”

Ros Crouch, Music Director

Ros began her musical life at the age of seven by learning to play the cornet and joining her local church choir.  She studied music at the University of Liverpool, with the trumpet as her first instrument, and it was here that she had her first singing lessons.  Moving to Tunbridge Wells after graduating, she sang in a number of choirs including the Corydon Singers with whom she made over 30 CDs.

After working in a number of fields outside music, in 2007 she followed her husband to Dubai and began teaching singing and brass instruments.  Whilst there she took over the Dubai Singers and discovered a love of conducting.  She has since started a number of choirs, including the Corvedale Choir, Voces Intimae, the Edge Chamber Choir and a new daytime classics choir. 

Ros sings with Ex Cathedra, based in Birmingham, one of the UK's leading choirs.