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Gareth Glyn


He has composed a wide range of musical pieces, including diverse vocal and orchestral work and music for television. He has produced one symphony, and many of his recorded orchestral works are in the light music genre, including A Snowdon Overture, Legend of the Lake and Anglesey Seascapes. In 2011, to coincide with his 60th birthday, a double CD of a selection of his orchestral works was released by Sain, including the substantial Enduring City celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of the city of New Bern.

In 2012, he was selected to provide the arrangement of Elgar's Nimrod for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games; it was played by 80 East London children, some of them beginners on their instruments and aged as young as 7, alongside a small number of London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) members. It is estimated that this broadcast was seen by a billion or more viewers worldwide.

Orchestras who have commissioned and/or performed his compositions include - in addition to the LSO - the BBC Concert Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, I Musici de Montréal and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia; soloists include Bryn Terfel and Catrin Finch.

For his services to music, Gareth Glyn was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Bangor, and an Honorary Druid of the Gorsedd of Bards of the Island of Britain. He has made “a significant contribution to the music of Wales”, as stated in "World Cultures: Wales" (2004).

Glyn presented the news and current affairs programme Post Prynhawn, broadcast on BBC Radio Cymru from Mondays to Fridays in the 5–6pm slot. He was the programme's main presenter since it was first broadcast in 1978, retiring earlier this year.  See Gareth's website:  http://garethglyn.info/
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Concerto for Trumpet and Band   1. Hyder (confidence)  Listen    View   6:30    Adv.     US$175.00 (complete)       Purchase
Gareth Glyn                                             2. Hiraeth (longing)     Listen                 6:30
                                                                   3. Hwyl (jollity)           Listen                 7:30
This amazing and powerful concerto for trumpet is a rare find.  It will take a magnificent soloist and an outstanding ensemble to perform this piece, but musically it will be a worthwhile effort.  
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Anglesey Seascapes                              Available as a suite of five movements                       US$165.00 (complete)      Purchase
Gareth Glyn; arranged by Paul Noble              or as individual movements
                                                                    1.  LLanddwyn  (Reverie)    Listen    View    2:20     Med.  US$40.00               Purchase
                                                                    2.  Malltraeth  (Pastorale)     Listen    View    2:55     Med.  US$40.00               Purchase
                                                                    3.  Penmon  (Intermezzo)     Listen    View    2:50     Med.  US$40.00               Purchase
                                                                    4.  Cemaes  (Scherzo)            Listen    View    2:25     Med.  US$40.00               Purchase
                                                                    5.  Moelfre  (Elegy)                Listen    View    4:20     Med.  US$40.00               Purchase
Gareth Glyn lives on the island of Anglesey, Wales, where the encircling sea has always been indivisible from the mythology, history and everyday life and work of its people. This cycle of short miniatures, in a light music vein, seeks to represent various aspects of the sea as seen from five vantage-points around the coast of Anglesey. The whole work is bound together by recurring musical motifs which change their character according to the prevailing mood.

1. Llanddwyn (Reverie):  Island of the Welsh patron saint of lovers, Dwynwen, whose marriage to Maelon was never to be, and who dedicated her life to God.
2. Malltraeth (Pastorale):  A brisk walk along Cob Malltraeth, a high dyke built to keep out the sea.
3. Penmon (Intermezzo):  From a vantage point by the sacred priory of St Seiriol, old sailing ships and modern yachts can be seen scudding by in Regatta week.
4. Cemaes (Scherzo):  The bustle of children's play and donkey-rides on the beach in midsummer.
5. Moelfre (Elegy):  In remembrance of innumerable souls lost in shipwrecks off this coast, including the Royal Charter with its loss of 452 lives.

  "When Paul first suggested arranging Anglesey Seascapes for concert band, I was immediately intrigued – could a piece        
 conceived from the start as a work for string orchestra really work in such a different guise? Quite apart from the difference in tone quality between a violin and a trumpet, or a cello and a saxophone, what about those playing techniques unique to strings: same-note tremolando, pizzicato, harmonics, and the ability to play longer notes than any wind player could? 

"But any doubts I may have had were swept away when I saw Paul’s arrangement. It remains the same piece, but re-expressed in different voices; and Paul’s acute ear has created new colours that match the expression of the original completely. He has demonstrated in his adaptation that there is no need to attempt exact replication of string techniques, and that the concert band has its own – just as unique – ways of achieving the same goal.

"I am now in the process of making a band arrangement of another of my pieces (albeit an orchestral one, where many of the instruments have exact counterparts in the band), and have on several occasions requested, and have been readily given, Paul’s help and advice in this work. I feel that this collaboration is a most fruitful one, and commend enormously Paul’s project to make band sheet music – and indeed instrumental music generally - immediately available online."  Gareth Glyn

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Legend of the Lake   Available as a suite of five movements        Listen              15:35   Varied  US$165.00(Complete) Purchase 
Gareth Glyn;                  or three of the movements are offered separately
arranged by Paul Noble                                                   
1. Prologue, and 2. Night Flight (Night Flight offered separately)   Listen   View   2:25   Med./Adv.      US$40.00       Purchase       
​3.  Remembrance                                                                                       Listen   View   5:00   Med./Easy      US$40.00       Purchase
4.  Manhunt (Not available separately)
5.  Spirit of the Lake                                                                                  Listen   View   1:55   Med./Easy      US$40.00       Purchase

The origins of this work lie in music Gareth Glyn composed for a film which wove a tale of smuggling, treachery and unrequited love into the fabric of old legends - some dating from Celtic times - about one of the many sacred lakes of Anglesey.

Whether the music depicts the fleet-footedness of smugglers’ ponies, the summary punishment of outlaws or the bittersweetness of remembrance, the theme of the Spirit of the Lake, first heard on a distant trumpet at the beginning, is never far away.
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Born in Machynlleth, Wales, Glyn is the eldest son of the late Welsh poet T. Glynne Davies. He received his secondary education at Ysgol Maes Garmon in Mold, before attending Merton College, University of Oxford, 1969–72, studying music and specialising in composition.
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