About Carmel Edwards…


Carmel has been singing since the age of 5, and sings as a soloist or with choral groups in and around the East Midlands. Before moving to Derbyshire in 2013 she sang for many years with the Nottingham Bach Choir with whom she performed as a soloist.

She is a member of Musique in the Ayre,  an evolving circle of singers and instrumentalists formed by lutenist/luthier Din Ghani in 2011 to explore the vast repertoire of 16th and 17th century. Carmel has performed regularly as part of duos and trios and also in solo recitals.

With lutenist Nick Gravestock she has formed ‘Ayres and Graces’.  They have great fun performing Tudor music in stately homes in period costume.

She is classically trained, studying currently with Nicholas Clapton.  However she enjoys singing a variety of musical styles, and was for several years the lead singer for “The Dirty Thirties”, a band who put a modern twist to music from the 1920s and 30s.

She has made two professional recordings for a local company producing French language resource materials, and in 2006 recorded a CD with Farnaby & Co. a Nottingham based vocal ensemble specialising in a cappella singing with a particular interest in the Elizabethan Madrigal School.

Carmel has taken part in numerous Festivals and competitions, including the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and has been praised for the pure quality of her sound. She has also performed in various charity concerts, and has written and performed in her own show featuring the music of Ivor Novello.

When not singing she can be found hiking the hills of Derbyshire or in her clogs practising Lakeland step dances.