Owain Arwel Hughes


Owain Arwel Hughes became Music Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales in 2003, and trains and conducts the orchestra in concert tours of major venues in Wales, England and internationally.

He has worked with all of the leading British orchestras at the major UK venues, and has held the titles of Associate Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (1980-6), Associate Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (1984-1990), Chief Conductor of the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra (1994-1999) and is currently Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, an appointment which reflects the esteem in which he has long been held in the British musical establishment.

In 1986 Owain Arwel Hughes founded the Welsh Proms, which, through his artistic directorship for 21 years, has proved itself a notable success. The profile and artistic quality of this festival is unique in Wales and has been instrumental in promoting the name of Wales worldwide.

He has worked extensively in Scandinavia, conducting the leading orchestras in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden and has a long-standing relationship with BIS, for whom he recorded the entire orchestral, concerto and choral output of Vagn Holmboe. He has also recorded extensively for EMI, Phillips, Chandos and ASV as well as Divine Art/Diversions

In 2005, Owain Arwel Hughes launched a new chamber orchestra, Camerata Wales, consisting of many leading Welsh musicians.

Owain’s great contribution to the musical establishment has been marked by Honorary Doctorships and Fellowships at no fewer than seven universities and conservatoires in Britain. In the 2004 New Year Honours, his continued commitment to both music and charitable causes was recognised by the award of an O.B.E.