Huw Williams is the Director of Music at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace where he directs the professional choir of men and boys. At the Chapel Royal his predecessors include Tallis, Byrd, Purcell and Handel. An experienced performer and recording artist, he has made over 20 recordings as accompanist with The Sixteen and with St Paul’s and Hereford Cathedrals Choirs and broadcast live on television and radio as both director and accompanist. As well as the Chapel Royal he directs three choirs: Cantemus Chamber Choir and Stroud and Monmouth Choral Societies and teaches at Eton College and Cardiff University. He regularly conducts major orchestral and choral works such as Bach’s B minor mass, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi, Brahms and Mozart Requiems or Britten’s St Nicolas. Recent performances have included directing His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts, Rejouissance, The Regency Sinfonia and the Bristol Baroque Band.
Huw has worked extensively in the UK, USA, Africa and in Europe as a conductor, organ soloist and accompanist. He has been invited to direct masterclasses, adjudicate at music competitions and is an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examiner. He has performed with many British orchestras including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Welsh Symphony, the London Mozart Players and the City of London Sinfonia. Recent solo recitals include the opening concert on the new Mander Organ presented to The Queen by the City of London to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and a recital in Westminster Abbey.
Born in Swansea, a graduate from Christ’s College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music he became Assistant Organist at Hereford Cathedral in 1995. In 1998 he moved to St Paul’s Cathedral where for ten years, as the principal organist, he played for all the major recordings and broadcasts and worked daily with the world famous choir. Whilst at St Paul’s he featured in a documentary on S4C, the Welsh television channel and many of his compositions were performed at the cathedral. In 2008 he became Director of Music at the Church of the Redeemer, near Philadelphia. One of his solo organ recordings received Gramophone magazine’s Editor’s Choice award. He was awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.