Edward Hands

Ted Hands works as an opera singer, actor, voice coach and an independent filmmaker.

His musical and acting output ranges from the West End to recital, music theatre to oratorio and pop music to grand opera.

Educated at Goldsmith’s College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he has performed at all of the UK’s important venues, across much of Western Europe and all around the world. 

He formed an independent film production company in 1998 with DOP Gary Clarke and director of the Pleasance Theatre Anthony Alderson. As well as making merchandising DVD’s for theatre, dance and opera companies, the company has a broadcasting credit “Dancing at the Crossroads” for channel Five.

Concert and recital work include Carmina Burana with the Hallé Orchestra (St John’s, Smith Square), Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast with the Wren Orchestra and Laszlo Heltay (Kenwood House, London), On Wenlock Edge with the Schubert Ensemble (Salisbury Festival), extracts from the Britten War Requiem with the Cras Collective (Royal Festival Hall) and Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of Richard Hickox (Spitalfields Festival).  Since 2004, he has been traveling to China, giving performances of Handel’s Messiah. Together with conductor Nick Smith and the International Festival Chorus Beijing, he performed in the Chinese premieres of Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Evangelist) all at the Concert Hall of the Forbidden City. He has worked in Shanghai as voice coach and also played Lord Tololler in a production of Iolanthe at the Lyceum Theatre. Last year at the Pudong Oriental Arts Centre in Shanghai he sang in Beethoven Symphony Number 9.

 

At the lighter end, Ted’s work has included touring with Lesley Garrett for two years, appearing on her TV shows and Victoria Wood’s Christmas show, singing the tenor solo from The Mission and L’Hymme à l’amour for the Holiday on Ice tour soundtracks of 2004 and 2005 respectively, six of the seven Gregorian albums and singing on commercials and TV programmes. Ted also toured and appeared on TV with Russell Watson, performing in the UK, Europe and Asia.

 

His operatic work has encompassed a wide variety of roles, ranging from the title role of Der Schauspieldirektor (Garsington Opera), Dr Caius in Falstaff  (English Touring Opera), Gardefeu in La Vie Parisienne (D’Oyly Carte), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Radames in Aida (Opex 2000 and Birmingham Rep.) and Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte (Music Theatre London) to The Merchant in Shameless (Opera Circus), Courtney in A Comedy of Arias (Opera on the Run), and Tony in the West End run of Masterclass (R. Fox Productions).  He has also appeared in many galas, most notably in summer seasons with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra under the baton of Mike Reed, performing a wide selection of arias and show tunes, at many stately homes and venues around Great Britain including Lacock Abbey, Rochester Castle and the Milton Keynes Bowl.  Other recordings for disc, radio and television include Stainer Crucifixion, Hank in On Your Toes (BBC Radio 3) and Mr Nuttall in Malcolm Arnold’s Open Window (BBC 2 Omnibus).

 

Since 2005 Ted has spent part of each year in Cape Town, South Africa, initially working as voice coach to the township opera company Dimpho di Kopane under the musical directorship of Charles Hazlewood, but has since continued working as a freelance coach and singer.