ISM presents: Spotlight on Wales

Saturday 25 April 2020, 9:30am - 5:30pm

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, North Road, Cardiff CF10 3ER

Join us for our popular annual event which brings music professionals from all over the UK together to enjoy stimulating musical sessions, catch up with friends and network with like-minded colleagues.

This year’s event in vibrant Cardiff will feature leading musicians and industry figures, including acclaimed composer Paul Mealor, harpist Alis Huws (Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales), Universal Music’s Mark Wilkinson and more.

Booking prices

Ticket: £30 (including lunch, all performances and sessions, refreshments and drinks reception)

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Registration with tea and coffee

Fanfare opening and welcome
: Dr Jeremy Huw Williams, ISM President 2019-20

Morning session:
Universal Music’s Mark Wilkinson in conversation with composer Paul Mealor

: Cardiff-based choir Côr CF1

Refreshment break with tea and coffee

Meet the ISM:
A chance to discover more about ISM support for music professionals

Lunch and networking

Harpist Alis Huws (Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales)

Afternoon session:
Masterclass with Dr Jeremy Huw Williams, renowned Welsh baritone and ISM president

RWCMD Jazz Quartet

Drinks reception

*Programme subject to change

Our speakers and performers

Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson is currently Senior Vice President, Global Classics & Jazz at Universal Music Group. During his long tenure with Universal Music Group (spanning over 25 years), Mark has worked with a wide spectrum of artists including Nicola Benedetti CBE, Miloš Karadagli, Sir Bryn Terfel, Anna Netrebko, Paul Mealor, Ludovico Einaudi and Eric Whitacre.

Paul Mealor

Paul Mealor is a Welsh composer, most celebrated for his body of work for chorus, both a cappella and accompanied. He came to wider notice when his motet Ubi Caritas et Amor was performed at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011. He is signed to Decca Records and his first album, A Tender Light – a collection of sacred anthems recorded by Tenebrae and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – spent six weeks at No.1 of the Specialist Classical Charts. He has received many awards and honours for his music including Honorary Fellowships from Bangor University (2013) and Glyndwr University (2012) in Wrexham, and the Glanville Jones Award, from the Welsh Music Guild, for his outstanding contribution to music in Wales (2013). He was appointed a Free Burgess of The City of Aberdeen in 2012 by The Lord Provost of Aberdeen, and is President and Patron of many Welsh and Scottish organisations.

Alis Huws

Newly appointed Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Alis Huws is a freelance soloist and chamber musician. She has played for the Royal Family on several occasions, and given performances across Europe and the Far East. Alis performs regularly at high profile events for the Welsh Assembly Government. Alis recently obtained her Master’s Degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. As part of her studies, she spent time in Amsterdam on the Erasmus scheme, studying with renowned harpist Erika Waardenburg. At RWCMD, she was awarded the Midori Matsui Prize for music, the Royal Welch Fusiliers Harp Prize and the McGrennery Chamber Music Prize, and is generously supported by the Tillett Trust, The Biddy Baxter and John Hosier trust, the Arts Council of Wales and the EMI Sound Foundation.

Côr CF1

Côr CF1 is one of Wales' most successful choirs. The choir's achievements include numerous awards at national and international competitions and singing with world-renowned artists. Since its inception in 2002 CF1 has evolved from a youth choir to one of Wales' leading mixed choirs. Their successes include winning the BBC Choir of the Year in 2014, first prize at the Derry Choral Festival in 2018 and first prize in the mixed choir competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. In addition, the choir has won the mixed choirs category in the Côr Cymru competition twice, and the mixed choir competition at the National Eisteddfod three times. Also, CF1 was crowned festival choir at the 2019 Llanrwst National Eisteddfod.CF1 has released two CDs to date ‘Côr Aelwyd CF1’ (2006) and 'Con Spirito' (2011).

Dr Jeremy Huw Williams

The Welsh baritone Dr Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John's College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and has since appeared in more than sixty operatic roles. He has given performances at major venues in North and South America, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and most European countries.He has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, and at many major music festivals. He frequently records for BBC Radio 3 (in recital, and with the BBC NOW, CBSO, BBC SO, BBC SSO, BBC Philharmonic and BBC CO), and has made more than thirty commercial recordings, including ten solo discs of songs. As a principal singer with Welsh National Opera he appeared at the opening night of the Wales Millennium Centre, and received the inaugural Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Welsh Music Guild. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Glyndwr University in 2009 for services to music in Wales, and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Aberdeen in 2011. He currently follows in the footsteps of many fellow distinguished musicians in holding the role of ISM President 2019-20.