Owain is a young musician, based in the South-West of England. He is currently an Organ Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge, holding the FRCO diploma, having formerly been Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral. His compositions have been awarded accolades from organisations such as the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, the National Centre for Early Music and the BBC; his work is published by Novello, Recital Music and Inspirium Publications. He also works as a conductor, having founded his own choir, Vospiri, and is Assistant Conductor of the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir. Owain also enjoys singing and is a member of several choirs, including the Wellensian Consort. A disc of sacred choral works by Harold Darke, conducted by Owain, is due to be released in 2014. Read more here.
Owain has finished his time as Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, completing three years as a member of the Choral Foundation. Over that time Owain has conducted nearly fifty services, played for around a hundred, and taken numerous chorister rehearsals. As well as regularly deputising for the back row, Owain had six compositions performed by the cathedral choir, five of which were commissions. As this chapter closes, he'd like to thank all those who made his time at Wells so enjoyable and fruitful, and looks forward to [...]
As part of the inaugural Summer Recital Series at St Cuthbert's church in Wells, Owain accompanied Helen Briggs in a programme of songs for Soprano and Piano, including Britten's realisation of Purcell's 'The last rose of summer', and Ivor Gurney's 'Sleep'. Other works included two pieces by Poulenc, 'C', from 'Deux Poèmes de Louis Aragon', and 'Fleurs', the sixth piece in the set 'Flançailles pour rire'. The next concert in the series will feature Owain singing Britten's 'Canticle IV: Journey of the Magi' with Iain-Macleod Jones (Tenor) and [...]
Owain has just finished setting four Shakespeare texts to music for unaccompanied SATB choir. The Maesbury Singers, a choir based in the South-West conducted by Iain MacLeod Jones, commissioned the set of songs. 'Love is a smoke', 'Love, whose month is ever May', 'So sweet a kiss' and 'When love speaks' will be published by Inspirium Publications during the summer months, and first performed by The Maesbury Singers on the 29th [...]
On Wednesday April 3rd and Sunday April 7th, Owain's new anthem, Alleluia, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3's choral evensong. The RSCM Millennium Youth Choir sang from St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol, where Owain was once Head Chorister. The broadcast was conducted by David Ogden, with organist Daniel Moult, and featured music by Roxanna Panufnik, Philip Moore and Sir Edward Bairstow. The broadcast is available to listen to until April 14th [...]
The Maesbury Singers performed a wide variety of music in the beautiful Church of St Mary in Compton Pauncefoot on Saturday, March 16th. Iain MacLeod-Jones conducted repertoire from the beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré, to the lively S'Wonderful by Gershwin, accompanied by Owain on the piano and the [...]