Date: June 2015

  1. Far Rockaway - words by Iwan Llwyd
  2. Cerdd yr Hen Chwarelwr - words by W.J.Gruffydd

Gareth Hughes Jones was born in Bangor in 1950. He attended the Tywyn Secondary School and was a student in the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff before moving on to become a music teacher in Llandâf, Aberaeron, Brynrefail and Coleg Meirion Dwyfor.

During the 80s he worked for a period in the music industry with the Sain recording company in Llandwrog.

Every year since 1990 he has worked as the Music Director of the North America and Canada Welsh Music Heritage Week, and has travelled widely there as a result. He also appeared in Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria, to conduct that state’s Cymanfa Ganu.

Following his retirement, Gareth has found more time to compose, for male voices in particular. Why male voices? He says that he was mesmerised and fell in love with the velvety sound of the Nantlle Valley Male Voice Choir, broadcast on the Welsh radio programme Sȇr y Siroedd in the 1950s. That sound has captured his imagination ever since.

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