Alwyn Humphreys

Alwyn Humphreys

Alwyn Humphreys was born in Bodffordd, Anglesey, and feels extremely fortunate to have been brought up in a small village community where chapel activities were central to village life.

After graduating with honours in Music at the University of Hull and Trinity College London, he was a music lecturer in Liverpool before joining the BBC as a producer. Gradually (and quite accidentally), he turned to presenting radio and television programmes, including coverage of the various national and international eisteddfodau.

Alwyn was Musical Director of the Morriston Orpheus Choir for 25 years, travelling the world to promote the Welsh male voice choir sound. Highlights included appearances at the Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, in addition to winning the Best Choral Recording Award on three occasions. In 2001 he was made an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours List and in 2006 the University of Hull conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Music. The same year saw the publication of his autobiography, which was long-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year.

Alwyn is a firm believer in the power of music as a religious medium, and is delighted to be part of the Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol team.

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