Boosey & Hawkes is sad to learn of the death of Edward Huws Jones, the compiler and editor of the acclaimed Fiddler books, one of the most successful series of educational publications in the B&H catalogue.
Edward Huws Jones, violinist, teacher and compiler and arranger of music for the acclaimed Fiddler series, died on 7 February, aged 72. His career in music education introduced generations of young string players to music from a range of cultural traditions from around the world. He extensively researched repertoire to arrange for each book, drawing on an expert knowledge of the teaching and student requirements at each level. This resulted in international travels to research folk styles and collect suitable material, broadening the repertoire beyond a classical music base. This knowledge, combined with his own experience as a violinist, led to his reputation as a leading authority on string repertoire.
James Eggleston, VP Publishing at Boosey & Hawkes, commented: "The close collaboration between Edward Huws-Jones and B&H spanned a period of nearly thirty years and resulted in some of the most successful and enduring books in our educational catalogue. Through his touring ‘Fiddler’ series, this took him around the world and his fanbase developed with him. These were not books of flashy repertoire: they were carefully crafted compilations of arrangements and original material that proved successful in a crowded market because of his imagination and awareness of a player’s development from his years of teaching. Over the past decade it has been a joy to enhance these books by adding audio performances to make them the ‘go to’ choice of publications for violin teachers.”
Best-selling publictions in the Fiddler series include collections of jigs, reels and hornpipes and music from the ceilidh, klezmer, gypsy, jazz, American and Latin American traditions. As well as his close collaboration with Boosey & Hawkes, Edward Huws Jones worked from the 1990s as a consultant and editor for ABRSM, working on the selection of the violin syllabus for 1997-2000 and 2001-2004, and was involved in the development of Music Medals.
Edward Huws Jones, born in 1948, drew on a rich and varied musical background. After the University of York and the Royal Academy of Music his early career was as a specialist in renaissance and baroque music. His D.Phil., The Performance of English Song 1610-1670, was subsequently published by Garland Press and Edward performed with the English Consort of Viols, the Rose Consort of Viols, the Consort of Musicke and the group he formed with Graham Treacher, the Amati Ensemble.
Edward went on to gain extensive experience as a string teacher, with a particular focus on effective group teaching within the UK state system. His numerous original compositions for children and young people have a firmly-established place in the educational repertoire. He was the founder in 1995 of the Mostar Strings Project, a project initiated to provide group musical activities and teaching to children and families in Bosnia, involving Edward in giving violin lessons to 30 children in the war-torn city of Mostar.
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