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The symphonic poem 'Gododdin' and 1st harp concerto ('Amaterasu') with superb soloist Hannah Stone, are featured on this new CD from Heritage Records (HTGCD 181).

Many thanks to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Gavin Sutherland.

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Pendyrus Male Choir gave the first public performance of the commission piece 'Ffynhonnau' (Streams) in their programme in Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi (the Cardigan Eisteddfod) - and won the competition. 

The work sets words from the poem of the same name by Rhydwen Williams.

The choir sang it again in the National Eisteddfod on 10 August.


After a gap of twenty years since its première, Classy Classics, for unison children's voices and symphony orchestra, was performed by Birmingham schoolchildren and the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, in the Town Hall, Birmingham, on 30 June.

Hear the first performance of Classy Classics here

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Gareth composed a piece for organ without organist for the Vale of Glamorgan Festival - 'Pendramwnwgl' ('Pell-mell').  It's performed on several occasions by Astrid, the Dutch street organ, starting on 18 May in the Millennium Centre, Cardiff, and then in different locations over the subsequent months, including the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.



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September 2018

Following the success of Gareth's first opera, Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd, work is now in progress on a second - an adaptation of Caradog Prichard's classic Un Nos Ola Leuad, one of the very few Welsh-language novels to be translated into multiple languages. The plans are for OPRA Cymru to perform the opera in 2020. Watch this space!

Two CDs containing works by Gareth (Anglesey Seascapes and A Snowdon Overture

11 June

Two CDs containing works by Gareth (Anglesey Seascapes and A Snowdon Overture) are now available again after having been previously deleted.  You can listen to them on this website (go to Listen), and buy the CDs from Presto Classical

Buy Morluniau Môn ac Agorawd yr Wyddfa

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24 May

Reviewers gave high praise to the recent chamber work To the Four Winds as played by Ensemble Cymru in their 15th anniversary tour.  A sample:

"A wonderfully dramatic piece...a stunning piece, full of life and a wonderful showcase for all the players of Ensemble Cymru. It was a fine conclusion to a splendidly varied concert"

(Wales Arts Review)

“heartfelt and emotionally engaging....a really magical invention which rose to soaring heights and exploited the range of sounds available from the nine instruments in a masterly fashion”

(Seen and Heard International).


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23 April

A large selection of Gareth's orchestra, band and chamber music scores is now available FREE as PDF files!

See what's available, and to download. Many more scores to follow!


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30 March

A new piece by Gareth, Cytgerdd, received its first performances on 6 April in the International Harp Festival in Caernarfon.

It's the test piece for the most advanced harpists, and was composed to celebrate the 90th birthday of the harpist Osian Ellis.

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29 March

Gareth composed a nonet, To the Four Winds, for Ensemble Cymru's 15th anniversary tour in May 2018, with performances on

  • 4/5 (Chapter, Cardiff), 6/5 (Arts Centre, Aberystwyth),
  • 7/5 (Neuadd Dwyfor, Pwllheli),
  • 8/5 (Gad Chapel, Cilcain),
  • 10-12/5 (Venue Cymru, Llandudno),
  • 12/5 (Ucheldre, Holyhead),
  • 13/5 (Pontio, Bangor)
  • 14/5 (Galeri, Caernarfon).

The four movements portray the winds of Greek mythology: Notos, Euros, Zephyros and Boreas

Wales Theatre award 2018

27 January

Gareth's opera, Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd, won the award for Best Production in the Welsh Language in the Wales Theatre Awards 2018. 

Additionally, it had reached the shortlist in a further three categories: Best Sound (i.e. music), Best Male Performance in Opera (Robin Lyn) and Best Touring Production in the Welsh Language.


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Gareth Glyn's new opera, Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd (A week in a Future Wales) received its first ever performances on 10 and 11 November in the Pontio centre, Bangor before going on tour to

  • Rosllannerchrugog (14/11),
  • Newtown (16/11),
  • Aberystwyth (17/11),
  • Barry (21/11),
  • Swansea (23/11)
  • Pwllheli (25/11).

The libretto is an adaptation by Mererid Hopwood of Islwyn Ffowc Elis's iconic novel published 60 years ago. More details about the Opera

The Full Score of A week in a Future Wales In Its Entirety

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Available now - the CD of Gareth Glyn's songs for tenor, with star soloists Rhys Meirion, Elgan Llŷr Thomas and Rhodri Prys Jones and the acclaimed accompanist Annette Bryn Parri.

It includes such favourites as Llanrwst and The Swan Carol, and the three tenors get to sing as a trio too!  You can find more details, and buy or download the CD

Buy The Caneuon Gareth Glyn CD


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The orchestral commissioned work ‘Gododdin’, which received its world première in the North Wales International Music Festival in 2014, in a performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, now available for listening on this website. (Under orchestra & band)


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Since the orchestral commissioned work ‘Gododdin’ received its world première in the North Wales International Music Festival in 2014, in a performance by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, it has so far been broadcast three times on different dates, and on different BBC stations – Radio 3, Radio Wales and Radio Cymru.


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Gareth’s latest orchestral commission work, ‘Gododdin’, received its world première in a performance given by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the North Wales International Music Festival on 27 September.


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Gareth’s work for symphony orchestra and actors, ‘The Mission of SPM-1’ was performed in the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, before an audience of at least three thousand children from many parts of Wales and beyond.

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Gareth has begun work on a Welsh opera. His intention is to create a work based on one of the 20th century’s most important novel in the language, ‘Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd’ (A Week in a Future Wales) by Islwyn Ffowc Elis. Come back to this webpage to follow developments as they happen.

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A capacity crowd of thousands filled Trafalgar Square in London for an open-air concert given by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev, including a performance of Gareth’s special arrangement of Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ which incorporates young players into the ensemble.


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Gareth Glyn was accorded the privilege of being invited to make the special arrangement of ‘Nimrod’ by Elgar used in the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in London on 27 July, so that 80 children, aged between 7 and 17, were able to perform side by side with members of the LSO to a worldwide audience of an estimated billion or more.


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Now available!

A double CD of orchestral works by Gareth Glyn, featuring guest artists including Jonathan Pryce, Dominic Seldis, Jane Watts and Philippe Schartz.

Welsh Incident on Sain Website