Owain Arwel Hughes - My Life in Music
|ISBN: 9780708325308 (0708325300)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Awst 2012 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Caled, 240x160 mm, 190 tudalen
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Hunangofiant y cerddor Owain Arwel Hughes, a mab y cyfansoddwr a'r cerddor o Rosllannerchrugog, Arwel Hughes (1909-88). Mae gyrfa Owain Arwel yn un lewyrchus, ac y mae wedi rhannu llwyfan â rhai o fawrion y byd cerdd, gan gynnwys Julian Lloyd Webber, Bryn Terfel, Pavarotti a Shirley Bassey.
The open and honest autobiography of Owain Arwel Hughes, a leading conductor who has worked with some of the world's foremost orchestras. His career of over forty year has seen him share centre stage with some of the world's greatest performers such as Julian Lloyd Webber, Bryn Terfel, Pavarotti, Shirley Bassey, and has brought him into contact with a wide array of personalities.
This is an entertaining book for anyone with an interest in music and the life of a musician: whether you have a musical background or not, there is plenty to enjoy. As he celebrates his seventieth year, Owain Arwel Hughes tells the story of his life from birth to present day. He describes how he chose and pursued his career in music (one which was not his first choice but evidently was the right choice), the obstacles in his path, the fierce competition, setbacks and occasional animosity he encountered along the way.
Owain Arwel Hughes honours his family and friends in this account. As the book unfolds, it becomes clear that Owain Arwel Hughes is a man who values his family, but also that the bulk of the family duties such as raising children could not have been done by him as his work took him away from home so much. This autobiography is an opportunity for him to acknowledge the sacrifices made by his immediate family and to thank them. He gives praise and due credit to those who have helped and supported him: the friends he made through work, through attending chapel, and through sport.
His love of Wales is clear throughout. Although, like any musician he has travelled far and wide in his work, he has consistently supported Welsh musicians and composers. He founded the Welsh Proms, and gave time, encouragement and opportunities as his career became more established, never forgetting his roots.
Like many in the entertainment industry, Owain Arwel Hughes has travelled the world and met many people along the way. He describes many encounters with everyone from royalty to celebrities and there is a wealth of anecdotes to enjoy. This book is written with intelligence and charm. There is plenty of drama to hold the attention of the reader and, if the devil’s advocate should whisper mischievously in your ear that it would have been interesting to hear the other side of some of these stories, then you must concede that in an autobiography Owain Arwel Hughes has every right to be the hero.
It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.
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Foreword by HRH the Prince of Wales
List of illustrations
3 Chapel, Sport – and Music
4 Decision Time
5 Getting Started
6 In Search of Work
7 The BBC and the Halle
8 From Hong Kong to Llangollen
9 Outside Broadcasts
10 The Huddersfield Choral
11 The Welsh Proms
13 The National Youth Orchestra and Further Travels
14 And Finally... Or, The Lightning Conductor
Owain Arwel Hughes is a celebrated conductor with 40 years’ experience conducting and recording with some of the world’s leading orchestras. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.
Owain Arwel Hughes, OBE CBE, is one of the world’s foremost conductors. Having recorded and performed with leading orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia Halle Orchestra and many throughout Scandinavia, his career of over forty year 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, and has brought him into contact with a wide array of personalities - Prime Ministers, royalty, Church leaders and sports stars. Prompted by the catastrophic events of 9/11, Owain takes a look back at the events and people that have shaped and influenced his life and the occasions when, despite adversity, the show had to go on ...
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