Huw Tregelles Williams



A first-class honours graduate of the University of Wales and prizewinner at the Fellowship examination of Royal College of Organists, Huw has enjoyed a career in music broadcasting which has taken him to most of the world's greatest musical centres and also kept him close to many notable artistic developments in Wales. He recorded several recitals for Radio 3 during postgraduate study, on completion of which he joined the BBC as music producer. He was appointed Head of Music, BBC Wales in 1985 and first Director of the newly-expanded and renamed BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 1993. His fifteen-year tenure of these posts included eleven music series for BBC 1&2 networks and orchestral tours to prestigious venues in North America, Japan, the Soviet Union and throughout Europe. He established CD recordings, education outreach and substantial sponsorship as regular features of the Orchestra's work and also comissioned new work from three generations of international and Welsh composers.
Huw has retained his early enthusiasm as performer: a series of programmes for S4C television on historic European organs, inaugural concerts at St. David's Hall and the National Museum of Wales, recitals at Sydney Town Hall, St.Paul's Cathedral and a special edition of BBC 1's Songs of Praise from the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the restoration of its Willis organ.
He recently gave a second recital on the new Nicholson instrument at Llandaff Cathedral, and, since student days, has accompanied many leading Welsh singers and choirs in concert,on television and CD.
In 1998 he was appointed OBE, and Fellow of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for service to music in Wales which has included membership of the Arts Council and the Council of the Royal College of Organists.
Huw chose early retirement from the BBC after a period of thirty years, returning to his native Swansea where he chairs and directs the Swansea Festival of Music & the Arts. Until recently Deputy Chair of Wales Millennium Centre, he is now a member of its Cultural Advisory Committee.

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