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Owain Arwel Hughes

My Life in Music

With a Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales
Owain Arwel Hughes is a world-renowned orchestral conductor who was named a Companion of the British Empire in honor of his varied career at the BBC and in popular television. His charming, perceptive autobiography, Owain Arwel Hughes: My Life in Music, tells the tale of a Cardiff-born boy who, thanks to his extraordinary musical talent, became one of the world’s most successful and respected conductors, enjoying a long and distinguished career with some of the world’s leading orchestras in Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, and South Africa. Engagingly written, with a narrative that is both reflective and amusing, this book tells of the intrigues and challenges of life as a public figure, and is peppered throughout with anecdotes and incidents from Hughes’s fascinating life and his associations with such figures as Luciano Pavarotti, Shirley Bassey, and more.

187 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012

Biography and Letters

Music: General Music

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“Having experienced Owain’s perfectly paced conducting, it is little wonder that his book is of the same tempo. Readers are in for a virtuoso performance with this autobiography.”

Matthew Rhys

“Turn the pages slowly and relish this wonderful tale of a man born in the land of song, myths, and legends, who with his baton has brought glorious music to Wales and the world.”

Cliff Morgan

“For the last forty years, Owain Arwel Hughes has been at the forefront of British musical life. He has a fascinating tale to tell, and tells it with the same easygoing charm and professionalism that has always characterized his music making.”

Julian Lloyd Webber

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

1. Origins
2. Schooldays
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
12. Scandinavia
13. The National Youth Orchestra and Further Travels
14. And Finally . . . Or, The Lightning Conductor

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