Owain Arwel Hughes: My Life in Music

Posted on 18 September 2012
OAH Book Launch

Professor Simon Haslett, Tony Ball, Owain Arwel Hughes, Helgard Krause and Jamie Owen

Owain Arwel Hughes, CBE is one of the world’s foremost conductors. Having recorded and performed with leading orchestras – including the Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Halle, Stuttgart Radio, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and many throughout Scandinavia – his career of over forty years has seen him share centre stage with some of the world's greatest performers from Julian Lloyd Webber to Bryn Terfel, Pavarotti to Shirley Bassey. Now in his open, honest and entertaining autobiography, published this month by the University of Wales Press, Owain Arwel Hughes takes a look back at the events and people that have shaped and influenced his life.

Born in 1942, Owain Arwel Hughes grew up in Cardiff, south Wales, surrounded by music. His father attended the Royal College of Music and went on to work for the BBC, retiring in 1971 as Head of Music. At that time, the south Wales valleys were alive to the sounds of the great choirs and it was to the church and the life of a Welsh Baptist minister that Owain initially found himself drawn, only changing his mind (after much soul searching) when he conducted the school choir. It was a decision that was to change his life completely and one that he has followed with pride and passion ever since.

My Life in Music is packed with Owain's inimitable humour and emotion, peppered throughout with anecdotes of his relationships with musicians, celebrities and sporting icons. Entertaining and eye-opening, it reveals not only the pleasures that music has brought to his life but also the sacrifices that come with being part of such a highly competitive and public profession.

My Life in Music was officially launched on Thursday, 13th September at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.


Owain Arwel Hughes: My Life in Music
£24.99 | HB | 9780708325308 | 208 pages – 16 b/w images  

If you would like to arrange an interview with Owain Arwel Hughes or would like a review copy of Owain Arwel Hughes: My Life in Music, please contact communications@wales.ac.uk


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