Tŷ Cerdd Management Board
Steph Power (Chair)
Tŷ Cerdd’s Chair, Steph Power, is a composer, writer and critic living in mid-Wales. On graduating from York University in 1987, she freelanced as a performer for several years specialising in contemporary and 20th century music (guitars / percussion / narration); a founding member of Icebreaker and Jane Manning’s Minstrels, she also performed with Gemini and Lontano, Innererklang, Northern Music Theatre and more.
More recently her music has been performed by Xenia Pestova, Yfat Soul Zisso, Explorations in Sound, Llŷr Williams, the Bridge Duo and PM Ensemble among others. 2017 saw the world premiere of a commission by the Vale of Glamorgan Festival of a piece for the Marsyas Trio.
Steph also writes widely on music, including sleeve notes for new music specialists NMC records. Her articles, reviews and poetry have been published in diverse journals from Opera Magazine and TEMPO to Poetry Wales and Wales Arts Review, of which she is a contributing editor. She is a critic for The Independent and The Stage, BBC Music Magazine and Opera Now. October 2017 saw the publication of The Music of Simon Holt (Boydell & Brewer), a major study to which she contributed two chapters.
Passionate about outreach and education, Steph has conducted many composition and songwriting workshops, and enjoys working with young people as an examiner for Trinity College, London. She sits on the ISCM Wales advisory panel and understands the importance of grass-roots community music-making as well as the need to promote excellence on international platforms.
Gillian Green (Vice-chair)
Gillian is from Criccieth in North Wales and was one of the first music students to attend Chetham’s School of Music. She furthered her studies at Cardiff University studying harp with Elinor Bennett, Ann Griffiths and Aileen MacArdle. She was a harp tutor for the Mid Glamorgan Authority for many years and in 1988 was awarded a grant from the Welsh Arts Council to study Arts Management at City University, London. In 1990, she was appointed Director of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now in Wales, retiring in 2014 after organizing more than 5000 performances for the organization. In 2002 she became the first Director of Auditions for LMN UK and continues with this post.
Gillian was Artistic Director of Criccieth Festival from 2003 – 2007, Vice Chairman of Arpa Viva Cymru in 2007, and is currently Joint Artistic Director of Fishguard International Music Festival with Peter Donohoe. In December 2012 she was appointed as the Honorary Area Representative for Wales of The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain.
Gillian was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2015 and later that year at the Wales Care Awards she received The Bryn Terfel Foundation Award for promoting the arts in social care.
Born and raised in Tiger Bay, the son and grandson of merchant navy seamen, Nasir Adam is a campaigner who is passionate about local community development and equality. He was the first Somali Plaid Cymru candidate in Wales, the lead regeneration officer for the Loudoun Square and Trowbridge redevelopments and successfully gained the London 2012 Olympics Cultural Inspire Mark for the Butetown Community.
Nasir was the Wales Delegate for the IACD and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 and has worked for the Welsh Assembly as a researcher and support staff for the Shadow Education Minister. He has helped the young people of Butetown to develop their skills in the arts and creative industries and to participate in a range of opportunities including WMC’s recent production of the musical, Tiger Bay.
Currently the Lead Engagement and Training Officer for Accelero Digital, Nasir is also Secretary of the Sub Sahara Advisory Panel and a founding member of the Riverside Home Work Club, a free homework provision that supports young people in deprived communities.
Sara Beer has been working with Disability Arts Cymru since 2007 as South Wales Regional Officer with specific interest in performing arts. Sara supports disabled artists to participate in the arts in the way they wish to and offers information and advice. Previously, as an actor, Sara worked with companies such as Hijinx, Theatr Iolo and Graeae.
During the Cultural Olympiad Sara was seconded to National Theatre Wales to work on Kaite O’Reilly’s Unlimited project, ‘In Water I’m Weightless’, directed by John McGrath. Sara is very fortunate to be allowed time away from DAC to return to performing. In 2016 she appeared in ‘Cosy’ at the Wales Millennium Centre and has a busy year in 2018 working again with the Llanarth Group on ‘Richard III Redux’ and the’ Singapore ‘d’ monologues’. Sara was a member of St.David’s Cathedral Choir for many years and now sings with a local women’s choir, Only Menopause Aloud. Sara’s wide experience and success with performers all over Wales will help Tŷ Cerdd reach the widest possible audiences.
Gemma is the Marketing Manager for Newport Live, a trust who manage the leisure and cultural venues within the city of Newport including The Riverfront Theatre & Arts Centre and the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales. Gemma started her career in arts marketing over a decade ago having held positions at Theatr Harlech and National Dance Company Wales. Prior to working at Newport Live, she worked within the commercial sector at Brains Brewery developing and executing strategic digital marketing and business intelligence. Gemma is a member of the Market Research Society and is also undertakes strategic market research activity using qualitative and quantitative techniques.
Suzanne Hay directs the education and community outreach programme of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She has established a reputation for delivering high quality multi-media work and has taken the Orchestra to new audiences and disadvantaged communities across Wales. Suzanne was awarded the Arts Council of Wales Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme 2010-2011 and duuring this time worked with the Barbican Centre in London developing key recommendations for the Centre’s new digital strategy. As part of her Fellowship on the Clore Leadership Programme she also travelled to the United States to meet key world leaders in the arts from venues, radio stations, orchestras and public relations.
Graham spent the first part of his career as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry, leading project teams in the design, development and manufacture of products across the globe. He is a graduate of Swansea University and completed his MBA in 2011. Now lecturing Manufacturing Engineering at University of Wales, Trinity St David, his responsibilities include the development of new engineering programmes and teaching both full-time and part-time students.
As Chairman of Burry Port Town Band, Graham led the formation of its junior and youth ensembles and focused efforts on growing audience numbers and participation through its patronage scheme. With a strong ethos in youth development, Graham was part of the team that introduced the successful annual West Wales Solo & Ensemble Day.
John Hywel Morris
Bangor born and a music graduate from Cardiff University. John has worked for PRS for Music (PRSfM) for 25 years and has a wide experience of both the Welsh and London music industry. Currently the Member Relations Senior Manager for Wales, he serves all Welsh PRS and MCPS composers, publishers and authors. Before his membership role John worked across several different areas ranging from repertoire and copyright to all aspects of licensing. He initiated the first joint licensing of MCPS and PPL repertoire and was instrumental in devising the blanket licensing of repertoire used by independent production companies for S4C, which is in place to this day. John set up the Welsh copyright group of music publishers which discussed issues concerning the licensing of predominantly Welsh language repertoire on S4C He also devised the instrument file (over 1,000 instruments listed) which is still used in part by MCPS.
Having moved back to Wales from London in 2013, John's current role for PRSfM involves dealing with Welsh membership issues on behalf of composers and publishers. He hosts PRSfM events, organises seminars and festivals and regularly meets with Welsh composers, publishers and key stakeholders across all genres.
After graduating with a History degree from University of Warwick in 1983 Chris joined an accountancy practice. He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1990 and ran his own practice on a self-employed basis for 12 years, selling this in 2008.
Chris joined Welsh National Opera’s finance section in 2012, achieving a long-term ambition of working in the Arts sector full-time. He co-ordinates applications to the Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales for core funding, pulling together information on achievements and future plans to ensure that WNO continues to present a strong case for funding.
Between 2009 and 2012 he worked in Principality Building Society’s business information team. This period coincided with a huge increase in the capabilities of organisations to access and use data, and team ensured that the available data could be imported, tested and maintained to enhance the decision-making processes of the Principality group. Chris has brought this new thinking around the potentials and pitfalls of data use to his role at WNO, and firmly believe that other arts organisations can benefit from better data in a similar way.
Between selling his business and joining Principality he worked for the front of house team at Wales Millennium Centre, broadening his knowledge of the Welsh arts environment.
Tumi Williams (aka Skunkadelic) is a creative artist, booking agent and event organiser. Emcee Skunkadelic is an instantly recognisable voice amidst the ever-fertile soundscape of UK Hip-Hop. Bearing a musical heritage shaped by the golden era of hip hop and rooted in his family domain of Nigeria, he channels raw passion, experience and ingenuity into every rhyme. Following his debut album ‘Musically Drifting’ Skunkadelic has racked up an impressive number of accolades for live shows alongside Talib Kweli, Chali 2na, The Pharcyde, Jehst, Rag n Bone Man, Blackalicious, Ugly Duckling, Jungle Brothers, Ocean Wisdom. He has collaborated widely with a host of artists including The Allergies, Mr Woodnote, Dr Syntax, TY, Sparkz, Truthos Mufasa, Abstract Soundz, Twogood, Unchained XL, Band Pres Llaregubb amongst a host of others.
Aside from solo work, Skunkadelic has a resident post at the helm of 9-piece monster funk collective Afro Cluster and has written, recorded and toured extensively with the group at events and festivals including Glastonbury, Womad, Greenman, Boomtown and Festival Of Voice and toured alongside the likes of Ibibio Sound Machine, Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Hot 8 Brass Band.
Tumi has honed his networking skills as a booking agent with Cardiff’s ‘Starving Artists’ promo team and Liverpool’s ‘Fiesta Bombarda’ agency. He is also emerging as an educator, running a series of music/art workshops in schools and within his local community, demonstrating a dedication not only to artistic output but to the burgeoning industry and training that underpins it.
Harriet is the Classical Relationship Manager at PRS for Music, providing business support to composers and music publishers and building relationships with the wider classical sector. She curates and manages a portfolio of development opportunities for composers including seminars, workshops, showcases and commissioning partnerships, and regularly visits colleges, universities and conservatoires to raise awareness about PRS for Music among students and composers across the UK.
Before joining PRS for Music, Harriet spent the first part of her career working in music publishing at The Music Sales Group and Manners McDade, with expertise in copyright, royalties, licensing and international operations.
A composer and music graduate from Durham University, Harriet received an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Edinburgh in 2009, specialising in copyright and the music industry. In 2019, she completed an MBA from Durham University with particular interests in strategy, organisational culture, diversity and inclusion.