Owain Arwel Hughes
Hughes was born in Ton Pentre, Rhondda, the son of the 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. According to The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Hughes's professional career began in 1968, since then his guest conductorships have included engagements with Welsh National Opera and the English National Opera, and his musical directorships have included the National Eisteddfod of Wales (1977) and the Huddersfield Choral Society (1980–1986).
Hughes's other 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 Town Philharmonic Orchestra, South Africa, principal guest conductor
- National Youth Orchestra of Wales, musical director (2003–2010)
- Camerata Wales, founder and musical director (2005–)
- Welsh Proms, founder and artistic director (1986–)
- University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, professor of performance (1986–)
Awards and honoursEdit
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- "Owain Arwel Hughes". BBC.
- Kennedy, Joyce, Michael Kennedy, and Tim Rutherford-Johnson. "Hughes, Owain Arwel", Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2020 (subscription required)
- "Owain Arwel Hughes CBE – Biography". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 7.
- "Honorary Degrees". University of Wales. Archived from the original on 25 September 2006.
- "Graddedigion er Anrhydedd / Honorary Graduates" (PDF). University of Wales. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- "2007 Honorary Fellows". Bangor University. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
- "About Lampeter Chamber Orchestra". Lampeter Chamber Orchestra. Retrieved 10 June 2014.