Huw Williams


 

Huw WilliamsBorn in Swansea, Huw Williams is Director of Music at Bath Abbey, where he directs its renowned professional choirs of boys, girls and men. A conductor and award-winning organist of international standing, he served until recently as Director of Music at Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’ Palace, where his predecessors included Thomas Tallis, William Byrd and Henry Purcell. Whilst at the Chapel Royal he conducted the music for Prince George’s Christening, the Queen’s Christmas message, the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph, and numerous other events in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.  A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and former Organ Scholar of Christ’s College, Cambridge, his musical achievements led to him being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He is Music Director of Cantemus Chamber Choir, widely regarded as one of Wales’ finest choirs. Following the success of their 2015 Christmas CD ‘Nativity’ Cantemus recently released a new disc of Celtic-inspired choral music ‘Under  a Celtic sky’.

As a recitalist Huw has played in over 10 countries including the USA, Canada and Nigeria. He was principal organist at St Paul’s Cathedral for ten years, where he played for numerous high-profile and state occasions. During his time at St Paul’s he was awarded the Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and one of his solo organ recordings “Organ Spectacular” received the Gramophone Editor’s Choice award.