Huge congrats to our Music Director, Huw Williams, who’s been appointed as Bath Abbey’s new Director of Music from next January!
As well as conducting Cantemus, Huw is currently Director of Music at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace. He is an organist, conductor and composer of international reputation and has made 20 recordings as accompanist with The Sixteen and with St Paul’s and Hereford Cathedral Choirs and participated in numerous live broadcasts on television and radio as both director and accompanist.
Huw has worked extensively in the UK, USA, Africa and in Europe as a conductor, organ soloist and accompanist. He has performed with many British orchestras including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
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. In recognition of his work in the musical world he was awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2001 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
If you fancy coming along to hear Huw – and us of course – in action in his new manor, we’ll be performing at the Abbey next Monday evening at 7.30pm as part of the IAO Festival. We’re singing a gorgeous selection of choral music spanning five centuries, including Walton’s The Twelve and Parry’s Lord Let me Know Mine End.Tickets available from Bath Box Office on 01225 463362.
(Picture credit: Into the Heart Photography)