Gareth Glyn, born in Machynlleth, is a full-time composer who has lived in Anglesey since 1978.
The island, its landscape, history and mythology, continues to be a key influence on his work.
His compositions have been performed by leading orchestras and ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), the BBC Concert Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Ballet Orchestra, as well as soloists such as Bryn Terfel, Catrin Finch. He is also considered as one of Wales’ leading choral composers, and some of his solo songs, such as Llanrwst and Seithug, are part of the repertoire of our foremost singers.
He composed the music for several musicals, including Magdalen and 3-2-1; Gwydion (with words by Penri Roberts and Derec Williams) was performed by Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn at the Montgomeryshire and the Marches National Eisteddfod in 2015.
Later this year, on the sixtieth anniversary of Islwyn Ffowc Elis’ iconic novel, Wythnos yng Nghymru Fydd, Gareth Glyn’s new opera – with words by Mererid Hopwood – will go on tour throughout Wales.