This article is about the living Welsh conductor Owain Arwel Hughes. For his late father, also a Welsh conductor, see Arwel Hughes.
Owain Arwel Hughes CBE (born 21 March 1942) is a Welsh orchestral conductor.
Hughes was born in Ton Pentre, Rhondda, the son of another successful musician, composer Arwel Hughes. He studied at Howardian High School, Cardiff, University College, Cardiff, and the Royal College of Music. He studied conducting under Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink and Rudolf Kempe.
He became well known after a rousing televised performance of William Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, which won the praise of the composer himself. He later hosted a BBC series, The Much-Loved Music Show. He has also made numerous recordings, including works such as Verdi's Requiem and Handel's Messiah. He has championed less well-known composers, including recording a complete cycle of the symphonies of the Danish composer Vagn Holmboe.
Hughes has previously been the Chairman of Governors at the John Lyon School, in Harrow - one of the country's top independent day schools. A dedicated family man, Hughes has been married to his wife Jean for over 40 years. His son, Geraint is a familiar face to sports fans. He is a former Sports Correspondent for BBC News and currently works for Sky Sports.
Hughes's former and current appointments include:
Philharmonia Orchestra, London, Associate Conductor,
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, Principal Associate Conductor,
BBC Welsh Orchestra (now the BBC National Orchestra of Wales), Associate Conductor (1980-1986),
Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Denmark, Principal Conductor (1994-1999),
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa, Principal Guest Conductor,
National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Musical Director (2003-2010),
Huddersfield Choral Society, Director,
Camerata Wales, Founder and Musical Director (2005-),
Welsh Proms, Founder and Artistic Director (1986-),
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, Professor of Performance (1986-),
Hughes, Owain Arwel (2012). Owain Arwel Hughes: My Life in Music. University of Wales Press. ISBN 9780708325308. Autobiography,
Awards and honours:
Honorary DMus, University of Wales (1991),
Honorary Fellow, Bangor University (2007),
Honorary Fellow, University of Wales, Lampeter (2007)
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