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Michael Bell



Michael formed Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982 and has been the orchestra's conductor for all its 30 years.

Born in Neath, Michael's interest in conducting began at school and as a member of the West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra, where he played the double bass. After leaving school Michael continued his studies at Cardiff University.

Having left Cardiff University, and with few opportunities to conduct, Michael formed Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra. Michael has become popular with audiences for his informative yet light-hearted presentations of CPO's concerts.

In February 2010 Michael was invited to conduct the Brecknock Sinfonia at Brecon Cathedral. He has now become a regular guest conductor with the orchestra.


Jill Francis-Williams 



Jill was a founder member of Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra in 1982 and became leader of the orchestra in June 2009. She hails from Pencoed, near Bridgend and after graduating from Cardiff University Jill has, through her role as a teacher, nurtured the talents of countless young musicians.


In addition to playing with CPO, Jill has also performed with other orchestras, including Rhondda Symphony Orchestra and the City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra.

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