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Biography

Kenneth Dowe (1932 - 2018) was a Welsh operatic tenor, conductor and professor. A busy oratorio singer in the 1960s and 1970, ranging from Handel to Schoenberg to Tippett, he became Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his students included the broadcaster Aled Jones and the bass-baritone Neal Davies. He recorded extensively.

Kenneth Bowen was born in Llanelli, Wales and educated at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and St. John’s, Cambridge. As a prelude to a varied and distinguished singing career he won several important prizes in the early 1960s, including the Munich International Competition and the Queens Prize. His work took him all over Europe, to Israel, Egypt, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United States and Canada. At home, he appeared frequently at all the major festivals and with the major opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera, the Welsh Opera and Glyndebourne Touring Opera He regularly performed at the Three Choirs Festival and the Proms and was noted for the number of first performances of new works. He is a Council Member of British Youth Opera and was Chairman of the Association of Teachers of Singing in 1991/92. He was Head of Voice Studies for several years at the Royal Academy of Music. In April 1995 he was profiled, with the Chorale, in the BBC Radio Cymru programme, Cantabile. A past winner of the John Edwards Memorial Award, he was recently elected Patron of the Guild for the Promotion of Welsh Music. He is now a Vice-President of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. In 2003 Kenneth was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Wales. Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr. He was the musical director of the London Welsh Chorale from 1983 to 2008. His son Geraint is co-artistic director of the Three Choirs Festival. His son Meurig is former director at Cheltenham.
Mae Hiraeth yn y Môr is a collection of Welsh songs taken from the early recordings of Kenneth Bowen, and was presented to him as a surprise during a farewell concert with the London Welsh Chorale on July 26th.

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