Tŷ Cerdd Welcomes New Director, Deborah Keyser
I'm delighted to have been asked by the Tŷ Cerdd team to write a greeting for this newsletter – my first, as incoming Director, and the last from Gwyn L Williams.
Gwyn’s shoes are very big ones to fill – and not just because he has bigger feet than me. Gwyn is something of an institution in music in Wales. I initially crossed paths with him in my first ‘proper’ job, as a member of staff in the BBC Radio 3 music department: Gwyn was a producer for R3 in Bangor. 15 years later, we came into contact again when I joined the team of Creu Cymru (the development agency for theatres and arts centres in Wales) and Gwyn was the Chief Executive of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod; we’ve been colleagues and friends ever since. His knowledge is formidable, and his dedication and warmth have always made him a pleasure to work with.
Working at Creu Cymru – with and for the network of venues across Wales – has been a huge privilege, and I’m truly grateful to the members, the artists, and the audiences for an enriching 11 years. But I’m excited about moving on to take the helm at Tŷ Cerdd. I know I’ll still have contact with the venues, and I particularly look forward to working with the immensely rich scene of composers and performing groups that flourishes in Wales, and connects with communities across our nation.
Tŷ Cerdd’s unique location, in the public foyer of Wales Millennium Centre, is a huge advantage for the organisation, and for the profile of Welsh music. I hope that friends and colleagues will stop in and visit us once I’m in post, from 1 November; for those outside Cardiff, do drop me a line or give me a ring. I very much look forward to making contact with you.
I want to thank the Tŷ Cerdd staff and board for the generosity of their welcome since my appointment – but I particularly want to thank Gwyn for the time and support he is investing in the handover period. I wish him a very happy and fulfilled retirement.