Founder and Artistic Director of Cambridge Song, Ceri Owen looks forward to welcoming audiences to an inaugural Cambridge Song Festival in February 2019.
Born in North Wales, Ceri is a prize-winning pianist, song accompanist, researcher, and writer. She's currently a Fellow in Music at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.
In founding the Cambridge Song Festival, she hopes to bring new opportunities for the performance and enjoyment of song to the heart of Cambridge, expanding the Festival over forthcoming years by drawing together a variety of artists, genres, and audiences to share in the practice of songmaking. To this end, she'd love to hear from you if you'd like to become a supporter of the Festival, to propose collaborations or ideas, or simply to get in touch. A contact form is available via this website, where you can also add your name to our mailing list.
As a song pianist Ceri has performed widely in the UK and further afield, giving recitals at the Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Milton Court, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London; the Holywell Music Room, Oxford; the Internationale-Hugo-Wolf-Akadmie, Stuttgart; and as part of the BBC Proms Plus Festival. She has also appeared in live and recorded broadcasts for BBC Radio 3.
Forthcoming performances include a recital at the Crush Room, Royal Opera House, and at The Barber Institute, Birmingham. She also gives an evening recital at London's Wigmore Hall in July 2019 with her longstanding collaborator, baritone Dominic Sedgwick (with whom she performs in this year's Festival).
She is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Pianist's Prize at the inaugural Grange Festival International Singing Competition (2017) and at the John Kerr English Song Award (2018).
Her love of song is nourished by life both as a pianist and as a researcher and writer. She holds a first class degree and a doctorate from Magdalen College, Oxford, where she wrote a DPhil thesis on the idea of song in the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Before completing her doctorate (funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council) she was appointed a Lecturer in Music at Oxford University, coaching student performers as well as teaching a range of historical topics.
She trained as a pianist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, supported by numerous scholarships. Upon completion of her studies she was appointed a Fellow and Tutor at the School. She currently teaches at the University of Cambridge.
As well as performing on BBC Radio 3 she's also appeared as a speaker, providing reviews and pre-concert talks for 'Music Matters' and 'The Proms'. She's also given lectures and pre-concert talks for the Oxford Lieder and New Paths festivals, as well as for St John's College, Cambridge, as part of their recent launch of a new disc of Vaughan Williams's choral music (for which she also wrote liner notes).
Alongside work on the launch of the Cambridge Song Festival, she's currently writing a new biography of Vaughan Williams.
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Folklore and Fairytales
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