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.
Gareth is a composer and collaborative artist based in Cardiff. As someone who identifies as disabled, his musical voice is deeply rooted in his personal, lived experiences of the mechanical interacting with the organic, and his artistic point-of-view, as the embodiment of these experiences, is both highly personal and unique.
His work makes a feature of collaboration, with the intention of empowering communities and individuals to give musical voice and artistic expression to their lived experiences. This reflects an ambition to create poignant, truly contemporary works, capturing the here and now and preserving sonic moments in time.
Giselle moved to Wales in 2017 to study Music at Cardiff University and went on to complete the MA Arts Management course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Giselle has worked with various arts organisations on professional placements including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and Tŷ Cerdd. She is currently working as Press and Communications Administrator at Welsh National Opera. Outside of work, Giselle is an active member of the BBC National Chorus of Wales.
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.
Claire is a diversity, equality and inclusion specialist, passionate about making things better. Currently working as a healthcare inspector, Claire has 20 years of experience in the voluntary sector specialising in mental health and gender equality. She has provided diversity and inclusion consultancy to multinational organisations and has worked with many business in the UK to promote wellbeing and mental health initiatives for their staff.
Some may say that Claire is a born again brass bander. Having learned the tuba at school she stopped playing at aged 16 having reached the dizzy heights of grade 4. Some 25 years later, Claire joined Melingriffith's Community brass band and has not looked back since. She loves nothing more than playing christmas carols in a supermarket and entertaining the public from a park band stand during the summer months. Having experienced, first hand, the mental health and wellbeing benefits of playing music in an ensemble at a community level, she is keen to open up opportunities to many more and ensure that community music is heard by diverse and varied audiences across Wales. Claire is a committee member at Melingriffith brass band and the M3 Youth band manager.
Claire is an experienced chair of governors at a local school and also a board member at a gender equality charity in Wales.
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.
Christina Macaulay is a Commissioning Editor at BBC Wales with responsibility for factual output, including music and arts. Her brief includes Cardiff Singer of the World; Wales: Music Nation with Huw Stephens; The National Eisteddfod, as well as programmes covering natural history (Iolo Williams), documentary (Our Lives; Wales: Who Do We Think We are with Huw Edwards; A Special School), arts (The Story of Welsh Art), true crime (Dark Land, 43 Rookie Cops, Crash Detectives) and history (Aberfan: The Fight for Justice). She has previously been a trustee for Ffilm Cymru and National Museum Wales. She has lived in Cardiff since 1993 and sings with the Welsh Camerata chamber choir.
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.
Originally from the seaside town of Aberystwyth, a graduate of RWCMD, Niamh explores both notational and electro-acoustic music. Niamh’s works has branched out to ensembles and groups, composing digital installations for two Sinfonia Cymru Curate concerts and composing a hybrid piece for Tŷ Cerdd’s CoDi Sound. Niamh has composed for ensembles such as The Hermes Experiment, the Gallos Trio, Berkeley ensemble and UPROAR with the tutorage of popular British composers Mark Bowden, Lynne Plowman and Mark D. Boden. Currently working as a score editor and arranger, Niamh is also a part of the Anthem Youth Forum.
Kiko Shao is a Cardiff-based composer, originally from Hong Kong. She is currently a music lecturer at Cardiff University, having previously taught at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and Xinghai Conservatory of Music. Most of her pieces are inspired by Chinese arts and culture and she explores the capabilities of Chinese instruments in her music.
More recently her music has been selected by Tŷ Cerdd CoDi Lead programme and Treephonia: Live 2022 call for score project, and the Psappha’s composing for programme. Shewas the selected young composer in the Young China: Ten Talented Composers chamber music festival in Germany and third prize recipient of the Seventh ConTempo New Chamber Music Composition Competition, presented by the Central Conservatory of Music in China. She has also collaborated with various international ensembles, including the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Orchestra, Windpipe Chinese Music Ensemble, Yuanyang Chinese Music Ensemble of Central Conservatory of Music, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Szymanowski Quartet, and Sonar Quartet in Germany.
With a passion for education, Kiko holds a postgraduate diploma in Education and has qualified teacher status in the UK. She has also been invited to participate in several composition workshops, working and sharing her music with young people.
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 joined the Royal Philharmonic Society as General Manager in 2022, having worked in music publishing, rights management and artist development for over a decade in a range of roles dedicated to supporting composers, increasing revenues and developing strategic partnerships.
After starting her career with Wise Music Group and Manners McDade, she became the Classical Relationship Manager at PRS for Music. Before joining the RPS, she was Head of Business Development in the music department at Oxford University Press, where she was also elected as a Director of the Music Publishers Association.
Harriet is also a Trustee of Into Opera, and a member of Cheltenham Music Festival’s Advisory Group. She holds postgraduate degrees in composition and law and received an MBA with distinction from Durham University Business School in 2019, which focussed on non-profit strategy and organisational development. She speaks about the music industry and leadership in various higher education settings, and at conferences at festivals.
Klaudia Zawadka is North Wales based event organiser, promoter and High Grade Grooves Welsh electronic record label co-owner. Originally from Poland, her passion for music and live events first started back in 2014 when alongside completing her degree in Accounting and Finance at Bangor University she joined local nightclubs street crew. Her role quickly evolved from handing out flyers to organising, planning and managing the ongoing weekly events. After completing her masters degree in Accounting in 2018 she became very actively involved with High Grade Events helping Endaf Roberts with financials, planning and management of new as well as ongoing projects.