Hughes, Arwel, Welsh conductor and composer, father of Owain Arwel Hughes; b. Rhosllanerchrugog, Aug. 25, 1909; d. Cardiff, Sept. 23, 1988. He studied with Kitson and Vaughan Williams at the Royal Coll. of Music in London, then returned to Wales, where he became a member of the music dept. of the BBC in 1935;. from 1965 to 1971 he was head of music there. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1969. He wrote the operas Menna (1950–51) and Serai yw’r doctor (Love’s the Doctor), after Molière (1959), a Sym. (1971), choral works, and chamber music.
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