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Cerys Matthews

Musician, author, broadcaster, curator and composer

Cerys Matthews is a musician, author, broadcaster, curator and composer.

She is a columnist for the Guardian, a roving cultural reporter for the BBC’s One Show and hosts and programmes an award winning radio show on BBC 6 music every Sunday. In August 2015, she makes her debut as a composer for the stage writing the music for Our Country’s Good at the National Theatre.

Cerys co-founded the Good Life Experience festival with Steve Abbott, and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone. She has curated for theatres and the Tate Modern and was artistic director for the opening ceremony of the World Music Expo 2013.

She was awarded an inaugural St David Award for her services to culture from the First Minister of Wales in 2014 and was awarded an MBE last November for her services to music.

Her self produced album of traditional Welsh songs, ‘Tir’ is the biggest selling Welsh language album of the past ten years, the second volume, ‘Hullabaloo’ followed in 2013.

Cerys was the founder member of multi-million selling band Catatonia and duets with Sir Tom Jones on the perennial winter favourite, ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’. Her sing-a-long book ‘Hook, Line and Singer’ published by Penguin in 2013 was a Sunday Times bestseller.

She is Vice President for the homeless charity, Shelter, Vice President of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, is patron of the Dylan Thomas Society and Ballet Cymru, and is Arts Ambassador for the Linden Lodge School – a specialist school for sensory impairment.

Cerys lives in West London with her husband and three of their five children.

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