The CGWM Office Team
Meinir Llwyd Roberts
Meinir comes from Waengoleugoed near St Asaph. She graduated with a BMus and MA in Music from Bangor University and started working at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in 2001. She is also a harpist and taught at several Gwynedd schools whilst working part time for the Canolfan. She was appointed to the post of full time Manager in 2008 and Director in 2011. She continues to accompany on the harp at National Eisteddfodau and Festivals.
Gwydion Davies started working for Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in 2014, and he now works in the centres located in Caernarfon, Denbigh and Ruthin.
Gwydion studied his B.Mus and Masters degree in Music at Bangor University, where he worked closely with CGWM Caernarfon, basing his dissertation on the importance of music during childhood, and writing about the ‘Steps in Music’ project offered by CGWM in North Wales.
Gwydion enjoyes attending concerts, going to the theatre as well as playing the piano, and used to receive lessons at CGWM.
Seren Hâf Jones
Seren comes from Coedpoeth, outside Wrexham. She will be graduating in July 2018 with a BMus degree in music from Bangor University. She will be returning to Bangor in September to study towards a Masters degree in music. She started to receive harp lessons with Elinor Bennett at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in 2014, and she enjoys walking, biking and skiing, and of course music events.
Lora comes from Caernarfon and started working for Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in 2019. She also works as a freelance artist, working on community and wellbeing based art projects. Lora owns a shop in the town centre selling her handmade work and conducts craft sessions.
Canfod y Gân Project Manager
Malan Fôn Jones
I come from Caernarfon and have been working for Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias since early 2020. I study music at Bangor university and I’m now looking forward to enter my final year.
2003: Establishing Doniau Cudd / Hidden Talents
This project came to life when the lack of music provision for adults with learning disabilities within the north Wales area became evident to CGWM and musician Arfon Wyn who had taught at Special Schools in Gwynedd for many years. The project was established in 2003 with the support of the Arts Council of Wales and Gwynedd Council Social Service Team.
Since that time the project has become a very important part of the lives of a number of adults in the area as well as being an inspiration to all involved.
In 2013, this project was awarded the Bryn Terfel Foundation Wales Care Award for promoting the Arts in Social Care at the Wales Care Awards ceremony held at Cardiff City Hall.
2005: Relocating to Galeri Caernarfon
In 2005, CGWM relocated to Galeri, Caernarfon becoming the largest resident company within the newly opened Arts and Creative Enterprise Centre. As CGWM had been involved in the design stages, the building provided the company with high class tutorial rooms specifically designed to meet its needs. More teaching rooms and access to the additional studios and Theatre space enabled CGWM to expand its activities significantly and also gave the company a more professional image resulting in an increase in demand for tuition.
2006: The First Wales International Harp Festival
The first ever Wales International Harp Festival was held in 2006 and was directed by internationally renowned harpist Elinor Bennett. This Festival featured competitions, concerts by international artists, workshops and master classes. Following the success of the first festival it was decided that the event should be held every four years and the 2010 and 2014 festivals proved to be even more successful, attracting harpists from over 30 countries. This Festival continues to raise the profile of the organisation.
2007: Establishing Camau Cerdd / Steps in Music
CGWM worked in partnership with professional musician, Marie-Claire Howorth, to develop a programme known as ‘Camau Cerdd / Steps in Music’. The first programme was launched in 2007, aimed initially at combining the world of music with the natural stages of childhood development of pre-school aged children.
Building on the initial success of Camau Cerdd, Marie-Claire has since expanded the programme to include children of the foundation phase.
CGWM believes strongly that music should be part of a child’s life from the very beginning. Early music training has a positive impact on a child’s broader cognitive and social development.
2011: Becoming an Arts Council of Wales revenue funded organisation
Being accepted as one of the Arts Council of Wales’ Revenue Funded Organisations has enabled CGWM to significantly broaden its provision and meet the growing demand for its services. An increase in staffing levels enabled CGWM to develop its level of artistic provision.
2012: Opening of Denbigh Branch
In September 2012, CGWM established its first satellite branch. One-to-one tuition is currently offered one evening a week at Theatr Twm o’r Nant, Denbigh and several of CGWM’s group projects including Doniau Cudd / Hidden Talents and theory classes have also been developed in the area. Since September 2017, CGWM also offers tuition one evening a week in Ruthin.