Director of Music
BMus MA DMus (Honorary) FRWCMD
Tim Rhys-Evans was appointed Director of Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2020. He is a highly sought-after choral conductor, arranger, composer and TV presenter.
After some years working as a professional opera singer, Tim realised that his real passion lay in the creation and facilitation of music specialising in choral music, opera and musical theatre. He is passionate about creating grassroots musical opportunities for all; ensuring that everyone with the talent, discipline and commitment has access to pathways into advanced study of music and performance.
Tim believes passionately in the transformative power of music and that everybody should be given the opportunity to engage in the arts. To this end, in 2010 he established The Aloud Charity which runs the choirs Only Boys Aloud and Only Kids Aloud. With the shared aims of reinvigorating the Welsh male choir tradition and affecting real change in the lives of young people from areas of social deprivation, these initiatives have improved the lives of thousands of children from some of the poorest communities in Wales.
After working extensively in opera and music theatre, he created the group Only Men Aloud, a Welsh male vocal ensemble whose highlights have included winning BBC’s Last Choir Standing, winning Album of the Year at the Classical Brit awards, singing at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games and recording and performing internationally.
Tim’s skill as a composer and arranger mean that his works are regularly performed across the globe. He was formerly signed to Sony ATV and has recently signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell.
Tim’s work means that he has been honoured by several organisations including ordination to the Gorsedd of Bards at the Royal National Eisteddfod in 2010, appointed an MBE by HM The Queen in 2013, an Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of South Wales in 2017 and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2019.
Tim is an outspoken advocate for mental health issues and the documentary programme he made about his own mental crisis, ‘Tim Rhys-Evans – All in the Mind’, won a BAFTA Cymru award following its network broadcast on BBC One.