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.

 
 

Sara Beer

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.

 

Rachel Ford-Evans

Rachel brings legal and HR expertise to the Board through her work as an employment lawyer.

 

Rachel studied law at Cambridge University (Trinity College). After graduating in 2012, she moved back to Cardiff where she undertook a postgraduate legal practice course at Cardiff University. Rachel joined Darwin Gray LLP, a commercial law firm based in Cardiff, as a trainee solicitor in 2014 and qualified as a solicitor in 2016. She specialises in employment law and has developed a particular expertise in, and passion for, equality and discrimination. She regularly trains employers, managers and HR teams on subjects such as equality, diversity and unconscious bias, as well as other issues ranging from GDPR to governance. Rachel has acted for a number of organisations in the arts and charitable sectors on these types of issues.

 

As well as advising her employer clients on best practice and resolving disputes, Rachel also acts in the Employment Tribunal for employees who have been unfairly treated at work.

 

Rachel is from Penarth and attended Stanwell School, where she developed a keen interest in music.

 

Graham Howe

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. 
 

 
 

Christopher Parsons

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

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 Wybor

Harriet is Head of Business Development at Oxford University Press, leading a global strategy to maximise revenue from print and digital sheet music sales, licensing and promotion of OUP’s choral, orchestral and instrumental education catalogues.

 

Harriet began her music publishing career working in copyright and licensing at Wise Music Group before moving to Manners McDade to manage the publishing and finance operations. More recently, Harriet managed relationships with classical stakeholders and increased royalties for composers and publishers at PRS for Music. She also created a portfolio of development partnerships for composers which included workshops, performances, commissions, recordings and broadcasts.

 

Harriet has spoken about the music industry, inclusion and leadership in a range of education settings, conferences and festivals including The Open University, International Conference on Women’s Work in Music and Cheltenham Music Festival. She holds postgraduate degrees in music and law and received an MBA from Durham University in 2019, which focussed on strategy and organisational development.

 

Harriet a Board Director at the Music Publishers’ Association and a member of Music Masters’ Advisory Council. She has previously been a member of the Ivors Composer Awards committee, a judge for the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and an assessor for PRS Foundation.