In Cardiff’s music scene, Geraint Owen is causing quite a stir. Geraint is a composer, writer, musical director and pianist who boasts an array of accolades. His educational journey led him through the halls of the University of Cambridge, with additional training stints at the Young Vic, the National Theatre and piano tutelage at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Beyond his compositional prowess, Geraint shines as a skilled music transcriber and a versatile accompanist, well-versed in classical, choral, and musical theatre repertoires.
Recently clinching a coveted spot on the shortlist for the esteemed Stiles + Drewe Best New Song 2023 Award with his incredible piece, ‘Bio,’ Geraint has been thrust into the spotlight to flaunt his musical finesse. The Stiles + Drewe Prize, founded by the renowned musical duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, celebrates and nurtures emerging British musical theatre writers. Geraint’s ‘Bio’, taken from QueerWay, is among the 12 chosen songs from an impressive 177 submissions.
QueerWay, Geraint’s brainchild, is a contemporary musical theatre song cycle that joyously commemorates the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community with the mantra “I Am What I Am.” Inspired by the uplifting life stories of LGBTQ+ individuals in Rhondda Cynon Taf, the musical delves into the highs and lows of life, exploring themes such as finding love in your 50s and a mother’s unwavering support for her transgender child.
A multifaceted artist, Geraint Owen, is not new to acclaim. His debut musical ‘Rust,’ co-written with Helena Fox, explored themes of addiction, recovery and mental health services, earning the Derek Award for Best Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. Currently working on the verbatim musical Vox Pop, reflecting on Cardiff’s pulse during the General Election of 2019, Geraint continues to make his mark in the music industry.
Having served as the Musical Director for the Welsh language musical “Branwen: Y Dadeni” which premiered at the Wales Millennium Centre last month, Geraint Owen embarked on a musical journey around Wales. His contributions extend to projects like the 27-second chain project at the Bali International Film Festival and The Gingerbread Man at the Cambridge Footlights pantomime.
In the vibrant and diverse music landscape of Cardiff, Geraint Owen’s talent is not only recognised but celebrated, as he continues to weave musical narratives that resonate with the heart of the city.
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