MEURIG BOWEN (CHAIRMAN)
Meurig Bowen is currently Artistic Director of the Cheltenham Music Festival.
The son of a Welsh tenor, he is steeped in music. Educated in London at William Ellis School, he graduated in music at King's College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar. As a viola player he had been a member of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and learnt to play the piano to reach Grade 8. When time allows he continues to sing as a counter tenor in the choirs of Gloucester and Tewkesbury Cathedrals.
After graduation, Meurig managed The Hilliard Ensemble in London before moving to Sydney in 1995 to be Artistic Administrator of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. In 2001, he returned to the UK as Director of the Lichfield Festival, subsequently becoming head of programming at the Aldeburgh Festival/Snape Proms, before taking up his present post at Cheltenham in 2007, where he succeeded Martyn Brabbins.
Meurig is also a well-known music journalist and commentator who regularly writes for the national press. He has written and presented a number of radio programmes for ABC Classic FM in Australia and BBC Radio 3. A widely experienced Adjudicator, he has been on the jury for both the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards. He is also a Trustee of the elite choir Ex Cathedra and the Holst Birthplace Museum.
RODERICK WILLIAMS OBE
Roderick is a famed international baritone. A choral scholar at Magdalen College Oxford, he became a music teacher for three years before resuming his music studies at the Guildhall School of Music in London. It was there that he made his operatic debut as Tarquinus in Benjamin Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. The winner of many prestigious prizes including the Royal Philharmonic Society's Singer of the Year award in 2016, he has also established long-lasting relationships with Opera North and Scottish Opera.
His repertoire is extensive and as an exceptionally versatile artist his intelligent musicality is admired in music from Monteverdi to Peter Maxwell Davies. He is equally at home singing leading operatic roles; on the concert platform and in recital. Internationally, he is renowned for singing with leading orchestras and ensembles in Europe and beyond at major venues.
His first appearance at the Proms was in 1996 as the Royal Herald in Verdi's Don Carlos and he has taken part in the Last Night of the Proms singing songs including two he had arranged himself. He has recorded for both Chandos and Naxos.
A composer too, his work has been premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls and the Purcell Room. His local connections include being President of the Malvern Concert Club and most recently President of the Three Choirs Festival Society. This year, in the Birthday Honours, he was made an OBE for services to music.
The third adjudicator is to be announced shortly