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Bethan Morgan-Williams (1992-) is a composer who writes quirky, rhythmically-intricate music, finding motivation in the apogee of musical performance. Described as “marvellously oblique and obscure” [5against4] while being “rooted in something ancient and folky” [The Telegraph], Bethan’s music plays with expectation and variance.

Bethan is currently based in mid-Wales, having studied predominantly with Gary Carpenter at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and Diderik Wagenaar at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

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Current projects include the making of a solo basset clarinet piece for Carl Rosman (premiere tbc), and an ensemble piece for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (premiere October 2024).

Upcoming performances include the world premiere of Gormod – for oboe, basset clarinet, euphonium, viola and cello – by Ensemble Musikfabrik on 20 March 2024 at Radialsystem, Berlin. Please visit the events page for information.


24 February 2021

Gêmdis (2020), for solo E-flat clarinet and ensemble, has been released by Carl Rosman & Ensemble Musikfabrik (cond. Christian Eggen). The title ‘Gêmdis’ combines the Welsh words for ‘game’ and ‘dice’, and like a desperate gambler, the music keeps returning for another roll of the dice.

11 January 2021

Gêmdis, for solo E-flat clarinet and ensemble, was recorded by Martin Pilger & Ensemble Musikfabrik in November and is expected to be released shortly. Meanwhile, two pieces have been recorded live to video tape and are due to be released as part of the ensemble's Lockdown Tapes series soon.

14 July 2020

Datod, for violin and piano, received its premiere in Cologne yesterday. Performers Hannah Weirich and Ulrich Löffler absolutely blew me away with two(!) fabulous performances. A recording of the second performance, which was especially moving, can be accessed via this post.

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“An exacting musician with very high standards and an exceptional ear. A pleasure to work with.”
Hilary Browing
Associate Principal Cello, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
“The great thing about working with Bethan is she knows exactly what she wants.”
Paul Silverhorne
Principal Viola, London Sinfonietta & former Principal Viola, London Symphony Orchestra
“It’s a pleasure to work with somebody who knows their music so well and who is so attentive.”
Daniel Agi
Flautist, hand werk & Das Neue Ensemble