Achievements & Former Students


A number of current and former-students at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias regularly compete successfully at Eisteddfodau and Competitions and for scholarships throughout the UK.

Several students have progressed to further their musical studies at the major national music academies including the Purcell School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, Trinity College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music, Ecole Normale Paris and Oxford University.

Students have become members of the National Children’s Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Choir of Wales and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Notable successes

Some notable successes include:

  • 2014 – Former student winning the Osborne Roberts Blue Ribband Scholarship and the Violet Mary Lewis Scholarship at the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2014, as well as becoming a finalist at the RNCM Gold Medal Competition and prize winner of The Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award. 
  • 2013 – Hidden Talents project awarded ‘The Bryn Terfel Foundation Wales Care Award – Promoting the Arts in Social Care’ at the 2013 Wales Care Award in City Hall, Cardiff.
  • 2013 – student wins 3rd prize in the Young Pianist of the North Competition in Newcastle. Former student won the Nansi Richards Scholarship and in Open Instrumental Blue Ribband at the National Eisteddfod.
  • 2011 - Former student winning the Bryn Terfel Scholarship and student winning the instrumental blue ribbon for under 16s at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
  • 2012 - Student awarded the prize for the best chorister in the National Youth Choir 2012.
  • 2009 - Student becoming the runner up in the International Harp Competition in Moscow.
  • 2007 - the winner of the Texaco Young Musician of Wales.
  • 2007 - the coveted annual Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music Scholarship was awarded to one student to study at the Royal Northern College of Music.
  • 2004 - the winner of the BBC Young Musician competition’s Walter Todd Prize (for the most promising semi-finalist).

CGWM’s 15th Anniversary

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias celebrated its 15th Birthday in 2014!

An Anniversary Concert was held to mark the occasion with a number of successful former students welcomed to perform; some of which by now with thriving careers as musicians. The notable high standard of this Concert proved the value of CGWM and what we offer.

Over the years, a pool of students have gone on to develop successful careers as professional musicians and we aim to offer continued support for these individuals. Several of these individuals have returned to teach and participate in activities at CGWM after pursuing courses and entered the music profession, thus enriching the local community.

“I owe many thanks to CGWM for educating and enabling me to flourish my talent, which ensured me a career as the harp teacher and orchestral harpist I am today.” - Angharad Wyn Jones
“It was as honour; as one of the first students of the William Mathias Music Centre, to be amongst so many talented professional musicians. I travelled weekly from Bala to receive lessons of the highest standard, and I was inspired and encouraged to pursue further education at the College of Music in London. It never occurred to me that I might one day be teaching piano at CGWM. It is most definitely a place that offers encouragement and opportunities to musicians.” - Glian Llwyd
“I was eager to receive music lessons from a very young age, and was delighted to be inspired by the tutors at CGWM from the very start. I had many performing opportunities as a soloist as well as ensembles and had the chance to participate in Master Classes. I have much appreciation for CGWM who have given me experiences that are still very much alive in my memory to this day.” - Lowri Davies
"The Centre provided a window on the world of music and a path leading into the harp world without which I would not have got to where I am today." - Glain Dafydd
“Over a period of five years of having lessons and taking part in activities in the William Mathias Music Centre before going to the college in London, I had piano and theory lessons, opportunities to perform in 'Llwyfan Cerdd' concerts, and various composing workshops. All this combined with the activities on my main instrument contributed greatly towards a broader understanding of the world of music. I would like to thank the tutors and instructors associated with the Music Centre. I received a Grade 8 ABRSM certificate on the Piano, and also for Theory and Practical Musicianship before leaving secondary education. Having these qualifications put me in a strong position whilst applying for a place at music collages throughout the country.” - Gwyn Owen
“Whilst I was a student at Ysgol Syr Hugh Owen I received music lessons at the William Mathias Music Centre. Here I met the soprano Mary Lloyd Davies for the first time, and she was my singing teacher for nearly six years. Without Mary's tuition throughout this time I wouldn't be where I am now. I also received theory lessons in the Music Centre and also participated in a master-class with Gareth Roberts from the Royal Academy of Music in London. The centre is excellent and I have many fond memory of the place. It is a privilege to be back here to perform tonight.” - Meinir Wyn Roberts