...is a British composer, specialising in music for film and television.
Most recently, Huw scored the festival hit “Epiphany”, awarded “Best Film” at both Birmingham and Bristol Film Festivals in 2018. Speaking a powerful message to the pressing issue of urban gang-related violence - a message amplified by Huw’s gritty and emotive score - “Epiphany” has picked up dozens of awards and nominations on both sides of the Atlantic.
Huw’s musical journey began as a multi-instrumental performer. Son to a session trumpeter father (who once recorded with The Beatles) and a mother who sang soprano in the Welsh National Opera, his musical upbringing was both eclectic and immersive. At 18, whilst performing as a solo violinist across the UK and France, Huw was invited to perform as a jazz pianist at the Royal Albert Hall after winning the National Festival of Music for Youth. In the same year, Huw went on to study jazz piano, violin and composition at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music. After graduating in 2007 with First Class Honours, Huw’s first commission was from the RAM Symphony Orchestra.
Post-conservatoire, Huw emerged as an in demand pianist on the London jazz scene, leading to regular performances at prominent clubs and festivals at home and abroad, including Soho’s legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Huw’s composing career took off in 2011, after an invite to perform at the BBC Proms led to one of his compositions for the occasion being selected for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
Fast forward to 2019: Huw composes for EMI’s prestigious KPM library music label, as well as Audio Network, offering him the opportunity to record with world class musicians at the likes of Abbey Road. Huw’s music can be heard frequently on household name TV shows from Top Gear to Panorama. Most recently Huw had the honour of working as assistant to composer Segun Akinola throughout the BBC’s new series of Doctor Who, starring Jodie Whittaker.
In addition to his work as a composer, Huw is an accomplished orchestrator, arranger and session conductor. His work as such has been recorded, published, performed and broadcast in a variety of contexts over the last 10 years, culminating in an invitation to work as an arranger and orchestrator with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 2018 for the annual “10 Pieces Prom” concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Huw's growing list of credits working with popular acts most notably includes his penning of the sweeping string score on the title track of singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka’s no.1 album “Love and Hate”. A huge industry success, the record went on to be nominated for “Best British Album” at the 2017 Brit Awards, losing out only to a post-humous award for the legendary, recently passed away David Bowie and his “Blackstar” album.
Other highlights of Huw’s arranging and conducting work with popular acts include recordings at BBC Maida Vale with BOND, the best-selling string quartet of all time, and various artists for BBC Live Lounge sessions. His work is heavily featured on Kitty Daisy and Lewis’ “Baby Bye Bye”, a BBC Radio 1 Single of the Week in 2015. Huw's choral-orchestral arrangement of double Grammy winning songwriter Matt Redman’s modern hymn "10,000 Reasons”, filmed live at the Royal Albert Hall in the same year, has recently exceeded 3 million views on YouTube.
Aside from his work for the screen, concert hall and with popular artists, Huw is also an internationally published music author. His volume of jazz transcriptions with historical and theoretical analysis "25 Great Jazz Piano Solos" was commissioned and published by the US based Hal Leonard Corporation in 2016. "25 Great Jazz Piano Solos" is accompanied by an ambitious set of jazz trio recordings, meticulously re-constructed from original recordings spanning 70 years of jazz history - all selected, transcribed, performed and produced by Huw.
Huw describes “25 Great Jazz Piano Solos” as a labour of love and an important hats off to his jazz heritage, finding himself in recent years more and more immersed in the art of modern orchestral scoring for picture.