Owain Arwel Hughes

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Owain Arwel Hughes CBE (born 21 March 1942) is a Welsh orchestral conductor.

Hughes was born in Ton Pentre, Rhondda, the son of the composer Arwel Hughes. He studied at Howardian High School, Cardiff, University College, Cardiff and the Royal College of Music. He studied conducting under Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink and Rudolf Kempe.[1][2] According to The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Hughes's professional career began in 1968, since then his guest conductorships have included engagements with Welsh National Opera and the English National Opera, and his musical directorships have included the National Eisteddfod of Wales (1977) and the Huddersfield Choral Society (1980–1986).[3]


Hughes's other former and current appointments include:[4]


  • Hughes, Owain Arwel (2012). Owain Arwel Hughes: My Life in Music. University of Wales Press. ISBN 9780708325308. Autobiography

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  1. ^ "Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes publishes his autobiography". Wales Online. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Owain Arwel Hughes". BBC.
  3. ^ "Hughes, Owain Arwel". The Oxford Dictionary of Music. Oxford University Press. 21 May 2013. ISBN 978-0-19-957810-8.
  4. ^ "Owain Arwel Hughes CBE – Biography". Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2008. p. 7.
  6. ^ "Honorary Degrees". University of Wales. Archived from the original on 25 September 2006.
  7. ^ "Graddedigion er Anrhydedd / Honorary Graduates" (PDF). University of Wales. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  8. ^ "2007 Honorary Fellows". Bangor University. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  9. ^ "About Lampeter Chamber Orchestra". Lampeter Chamber Orchestra. Retrieved 10 June 2014.

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