Ceri Owen

Ceri Owen

Born in North Wales, Ceri Owen is an academic, pianist, and writer. She’s currently working on a new biography of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Since completing her doctorate at the University of Oxford (where she was appointed a Lecturer in Music), she’s published articles, essays, and reviews on various aspects of British musical culture, and contributed to BBC Radio 3’s The Proms and Music Matters programmes. In 2020 she is a guest speaker for the Chamber Music Society of Philadelphia’s Emerging Voices project, a series of song recitals, lectures, salons, and masterclasses.
Ceri is also active as a pianist and song accompanist, and has performed widely in the UK and further afield. 2019 saw her evening recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall with baritone Dominic Sedgwick, and the formation of a trio with Irish traditional musicians Una Monaghan and Sile Denver, with whom she created and performed a live film score in response to a commission from Belfast’s Docs Ireland Festival.

She has recently completed a 3-year Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where she began work on her book. She is Director of Performance at the University of Birmingham, and Artistic Director of the Cambridge Song Festival, which she founded during her time at Cambridge.