Instrumental Groups

Telynau Clwyd

Telynau Clwyd harp consort was established in October 2015 following a successful taster session during an open day at CGWM Denbigh some months before.

Morwen Blythin and Dylan Cernyw are the group leaders, and have lead the group during their first performance in March 2016 at St Mary’s Church, Denbigh.

The group is suitable for secondary school children grade 3 standard and above and meets once a month on Sundays at Hwb Dinbych.

We are very grateful to Telynau Tandderwen Harps for supporting this project.

Cello Ensembles

The Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Cello Ensembles are directed by professional Cellist and tutor Nicki Pearce. They have been running successfully for a number of years and cater for most levels of students.

The groups generally meet once a month on either a Saturday or a Sunday at Galeri Caernarfon.

There is a Junior Ensemble (grades 1-4) and a Senior Ensemble (grades 5+). Both groups have a mixture of adults and young Cellists.

The Cello Ensembles aim to perform at concerts or events three times a year. Other than doing your average concert, they have gone busking and played on the summit of Snowdon!

As well as performance opportunities, the members have benefited in receiving tuition in Master Classes by accomplished Cellist Steffan Morris and took part in a workshop held by Anup Biswas; Indian Cellist and founder of the Mathieson Music School, Kolkata.

Nicki endeavours to give the groups a wide range of styles of music from Baroque and Classical through to arrangements of popular tunes and jazz. Nicki also composes and arranges music herself specifically for the ensembles. Students are given a great opportunity to develop strong skills in group playing and furthering their technique.

Please contact us for further information or if you wish to become a member of the Cello Ensemble.

String Ensembles

String Ensembles at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias meet on a weekly basis for ½ or ¾ hour sessions. Currently we have three sessions running - a Junior String Quartet known as ‘The Quad Boys’ with pupils from years 7-9, a Piano Trio with pupils of years 11-13, and a Violin and Viola Duo with pupils of year 13.

All Ensembles perform regularly at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias concerts and in the wider community at Eisteddfodau and events. Past performances have included a senior string quartet working with Catrin Finch, a Baroque Trio Sonata group working with Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, and an expanded string ensemble working with the Mavron string quartet from Cardiff on the Mendelssohn Octet and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no 3. Performance venues have included the North Wales International Music Festival at St Asaph and Neuadd John Ambrose (Rhuthin) to promote the new branch of Canolfan Gerdd in Denbigh.

The Ensembles have been given the opportunity to gain tuition in Master Classes by Simon Chalk.

All of the string ensembles above are led by Margaret Scourse.