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Owain Arwel Hughes

Owain Arwel Hughes
Owain Arwel Hughes (born 1942) is a Welsh orchestral conductor.

Hughes was born in Cardiff, the son of another successful conductor, Arwel Hughes. He studied at 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. From 1980 to 1986, he was Associate Conductor of the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, and from 1994 to 1999 he was Principal Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra. He has also made numerous recordings, including works such as Verdi's Requiem and Handel's Messiah. He is also the Artistic Director of the Welsh Proms, which he founded.

In 2003, he was appointed Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004, he was awarded the OBE for services to music.


     

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