Kenneth Bowen - Conductor Emeritus
Musical Director of the London Welsh Chorale from Feb 1983 to Dec 2008, Kenneth Bowen was born in Llanelli and educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and St. John’s, Cambridge. As a prelude to a varied and distinguished singing career he won several important prizes in the early 1960s, including the Munich International Competition and the Queens Prize. His work took him all over Europe, to Israel, Egypt, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States and Canada. At home, he appeared frequently at all the major festivals and with the major opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera, the Welsh Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera He regularly performed at the Three Choirs Festival and the Proms and was noted for the number of first performances of new works. He is a Council Member of British Youth Opera and was Chairman of the Association of Teachers of Singing in 1991/92. He was Head of Voice Studies for several years at the Royal Academy of Music. In April 1995 he was profiled, with the Chorale, in the BBC Radio Cymru programme, Cantabile. A past winner of the John Edwards Memorial Award, he was recently elected Patron of the Guild for the Promotion of Welsh Music. He is now a Vice-President of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. In 2003 Kenneth was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Wales.