11:30, Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre, 08/06/2014
Alwyn Humphreys: Cymanfa Ganu
Raise the roof with a concluding conference Gymanfa Ganu in the Glanfa Foyer of the Wales Millennium Centre. Alwyn Humphreys conducts and two of Ty Cerdd’s affiliated brass bands: Abergavenny Borough Band and City of Cardiff Melingriffith Brass Band, accompany this bilingual event which is to be recorded by BBC Wales for future broadcast. Everyone is welcome to sing.
Alwyn Humphreys combines two busy careers as a television presenter and choral/orchestral conductor. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Morriston Orpheus Choir and Principal Guest Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Wales.
Recent conducting engagements have taken him to Russia, Argentina, China, South Africa, Australia, Switzerland and Monaco, and future plans include visits to Hong Kong, Ukraine, Austria, Slovenia and Poland, as well as conducting the 2015 Welsh Association of Male Choirs Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
During his 25 years as Music Director of the internationally-acclaimed award-winning Morriston Orpheus Choir he travelled widely (Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, France, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Oman, United Arab Emirates), performing at notable venues such as Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Both concerts achieved 5 standing ovations. Amongst the 28 recorded albums he made with Morriston Orpheus 3 won awards for Best Choral Album of the Year, with another 2 achieving Silver Discs.
Alwyn is Principal Guest Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Wales, with whom he regularly presents a popular series of concerts by candlelight, and with whom he has accompanied eminent soloists such as Dennis O'Neill, Rebecca Evans, Llyr Williams, Elin Manahan Thomas, and Wynne Evans.
He was created an MBE in the Queen's 2001 New Year's Honours List and was awarded a Doctorate in Music by the University of Hull in 2006.
'A legend - not only a credit to the world of music, but to the Welsh nation'