Professor Paul Mealor has been appointed the first President of 'Ty Cerdd' ('Music House' - Wales' National Centre for music). Ty Cerdd promotes, administers and directs music making both professionally and on an amateur basis throughout the Principality. As President, Professor Mealor will be an ambassador for the centre and Welsh musicians.
The mission of Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales is to support, develop and promote the creation, performance and empowering experience of music, both in and of Wales. In so doing, it aspires to reach people in local communities, nationally and internationally, promoting excellence through vision, participation and training.
One of the resident major arts organisations housed in the Wales Millennium Centre, and with a national and international remit, Tŷ Cerdd is a centre for practical, useful, relevant, and accessible information and resources for both amateur and professional music making. It is also a conduit to relevant organisations and resources for music of all genres in Wales.
Tŷ Cerdd has a membership of more than 300 music-performing societies throughout Wales, representing over 22,000 performers, supporting these through grants and artistic advice. It also promotes Welsh music and composers through commissions, performances and recordings, and as one of forty music information centres world-wide.
Tŷ Cerdd founded and manages the National Youth Brass Band, National Youth Choirs, National Youth Jazz, and National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales and runs the Young Composers project involving over 15,000 children in one year. The state of the art recording studio, housed within and managed by Tŷ Cerdd, has developed an impressive reputation with a diverse portfolio of cross-genre music production. The Centre is also home to an extensive library of performance and research scores (Welsh music).