Joint Accompanist - D Huw Rees BMus. (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 was 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 its Musical Director in January 2004 and his expertise in that role has been widely recognised. In 2005 Huw was made a Life Member of the Morriston RFC Choir and in 2015 a presentation was made to him in recognition of his 25 years service as Musical Director and accompanist to the choir.
In January 2009 he was delighted to be appointed Joint Accompanist to Dunvant Male Choir. Huw regularly accompanies Part Llwchwr and accompanied them on the S4C’s Noson Lawen programme & the Cor Cymru Ladies Choir competition, where they won the viewer’s prize.
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, Sophie Evans, Gwawr Edwards, Elgan Llyr & 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 choirs and their 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 in 1992, 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. Huw along with our Deputy Accompanist Rhiannon Pritchard will be official accompanists at this year’s 2018 Urdd Eisteddfod to be held at the end of this month in Builth Wells.He is also the Vice Chair of the Music Committee for the 2018 and has been invited to be one of the official accompanists at next year’s Urdd Eisteddfod to be held at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
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 and was honoured to work with Owain Arwel Hughes recently in a recording of this popular programme in Neath.
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. In 2012 he conducted his published arrangement of “This Is The Moment” at the 1,000 Voices Festival of Male Voice Choirs held at the MEN Arena Manchester. In the Summer of the same year Huw was given the honour of conducting the massed performers at the Interceltique Festival in Lorient, Brittany.
In 2015 Huw and the choir had the honour of working with Britain’s Got Talent stars Richard & Adam, Julian Reynolds and the Latvian Opera Orchestra to produce the CD “Believe, Songs of Inspiration” which shot to Number 1 in the Classical Album Charts.