Joint Accompanist - D Huw Rees B.Mus. (Hons) PGCE

 

Swansea born Huw gained his Bachelor of Music honours degree at University College, Cardiff. Whilst there he studied piano with Stephen Price, voice with Clifford Bunford, organ with Robert Court and composition with Dr Richard Elfyn Jones. During his time at University he became a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales and also accompanist to numerous choirs in the Cardiff area

 

Huw has been associated with Morriston RFC Male Voice Choir since 1990 when he became the choir’s accompanist. He was appointed the Musical Director of Morriston RFC Choir in January 2004 and his expertise in that role has been widely recognised. In January 2009 he was delighted to be appointed Joint Accompanist to Dunvant Male Choir.

 

He is a very talented and much sought-after musician and has performed and worked with a number of national and international artistes. Recently he has had the pleasure of working with Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Rhys Meirion, Wynne Evans & The Three Welsh Tenors.

Demands for his accompanying skills have taken him to concert venues throughout South Wales. Beyond the United Kingdom, he has accompanied the choir and its guest soloists in Brussels, Budapest, Holland, France, Spain, and Ireland.

Huw was the official accompanist to the massed mixed choirs festival held at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff from199, 1996 and 1999, and he has made numerous recordings with various choirs and has played at many venues including The Royal Albert Hall, St David’s Hall, The Brangwyn Hall, Wells Cathedral, St David’s Cathedral, and Rugby and Eton Schools.

 

Huw is an official accompanist at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and has accompanied competitors at the Eisteddfodau since 1993. He was invited in 2005 to play at that Eisteddfod held at the Millennium Centre Cardiff, and in 2011 accompanied competitors in the Urdd Eisteddfod which was held in Swansea.

 

He is in great demand as an Eisteddfod adjudicator and as a conductor of singing festivals. Huw has appeared several times on S4C’s ‘Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol series conducting and accompanying the congregational singing.

 

In 2006 Huw was given the honour of conducting the massed male voice choirs at the opening concert of the National Eisteddfod held at Swansea.

 

Huw conducted his published arrangement of “This is the Moment” at the Festival of Male Voice Choirs in the MEN Arena Manchester in March 2012.

 

Huw was given the honour last Summer of conducting the massed performers at the Interceltique Festival in Lorient, Brittany. A truly memorable experience – the bagpipes are still ringing in his ears!!!!

 

Huw has taught in the Ystradgynlais area since 2002 when he was appointed the Headteacher of Ysgol Cynlais. He is now the Headteacher of Ysgol Bro Tawe a brand new school which opened in the area in 2012.