Edward Nesbit was born in Tewkesbury in 1986. He graduated in 2007 with a first class honours degree in music from Cambridge University. He then studied for two years with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, completing a Masters degree in composition with distinction in 2008 and subsequently becoming a fellow at Guildhall. He is currently working towards a PhD at Kings College London studying with George Benjamin.
In 2008 he won the Ian Horsburgh Memorial Prize for best Guildhall Postgraduate Compositions, in 2010 the RPS Composition Prize and most recently the 2013 erbier Festival Academy Young Composer prize.
A Pretence of Wit is a vocal piece composed for soprano and piano. It had its premiere performance on the 20 October 2012 at Aldeburgh Church, Suffolk. It was performed by Emily Hindrichs, soprano and Joseph Middleton, piano.