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After studying at the University of Wales, Bangor and King’s College, Cambridge, Richard Elfyn Jones started his career as an organist (he was an FRCO Limpus Prizewinner at the Royal College of Organists); orchestral conductor (semi-finalist in the Cantelli International Conducting Competition, Milan 1980); and choral director (for many years conductor of the Cardiff Polyphonic Choir). But his main activity has been composition. He recently retired as head of composition at Cardiff University.


Richard Elfyn Jones is one of Wales’s most versatile composers with an output that is very wide-ranging. He has written prolifically, mainly to commission, in all genres except opera. During the early 1990s his scores for the Maryland PBS television series After the Warming and Timeline gained him international recognition. Two large-scale choral/orchestral works by him are Goroesiad Cenedl (2000) and In David’s Land (2006). Among the artists for whom he has composed are Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Dame Gillian Weir, Jack Brymer, John Scott, Llŷr Williams, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge, the Britten Quartet, the Debussy Trio and the BBCNOW. He is also the author of four books including The Early Operas of Tippett and Music and the Numinous.

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