The English tenor, Edmund Philip Brownless, sang as chorister in the choir of Hereford Cathedral. After emigrating to Nova Scotia he studied music at McGill University in Montréal, where he received B. Mus. and M. Mus. degrees in voice. Later, he studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and had lessons with Cornelius L. Reid in New York.
As a soloist Edmund Brownless has performed throughout Europe and North America and sings on many recordings, notably with the Bach Ensemble (Joshua Rifkin), Sequentia Köln, Ensemble Gilles Binchois (Dominique Vellard), and the Clemencic Consort (René Clemencic).
Edmund Brownless teaches voice (Early Music) at the Dr. Hoch's Conservatorium in Frankfurt am Main and is the director of Das Consort Franckfort.