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Geraint Lewis

Geraint Lewis


Geraint Lewis was born in Cardiff in 1958 and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge. From 1988 until 2001 he was Artistic Director at Nimbus Records and The Nimbus Foundation, was a member of The Arts Council of Wales and its Music Chairman from 1996 until April 2002 and remains a consultant to the restructured Council. From 1992 he has was also Artistic Director of the North Wales International Music Festival at St. Asaph Cathedral in succession to William Mathias. A frequent broadcaster on radio and television, Lewis has also written and lectured extensively on the music of Sir Michael Tippett, whose 80th birthday Tribute he edited in 1985.

As a composer he has written in many genres and was taught by Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Gerald Hendrie. In 1999 he wrote Afallon for Welsh National Opera to open The National Assembly for Wales and in 2000 composed his first opera, Culhwch ac Olwen, as a Millennium Festival Wales commission for the Criccieth Festival. He is currently writing a Piano Quintet inspired by David Hockney for PM Music Ensemble and a work in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother at the request of Prince Charles for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Recent works include commissions for the Three Choirs, Presteigne and Swansea Festivals, two major sacred works for churches in the USA and a choral and orchestral work to be premiered in Munich.