Robat Arwyn

Musician | Composer | Musical Director

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"His compositions have a broad appeal, to all ages and tastes, and he has that rare ability to create a melody which has instant appeal, and stays in the memory."
Dafydd Iwan

The Story Behind the Song

Robat Arwyn performing some of his songs and explaining the story behind the song

2019
  • October 19, 2019 Daniel Owen Festival, Mold
  • February 15, 2019 Conwy National Eisteddfod Appeals Committee 2019
2018
  • September 20, 2018 Clwb y Dwrlyn, Creigiau, Pentyrch
  • September 18, 2018 Madras School, Penley
  • May 31, 2018 Trefnant WI
  • March 5, 2018 Llawrdyrnu Society, Sarnau
  • February 21, 2018 Llannefydd Chapel
2017
  • November 6, 2017 Llwyngwril Cultural Society
  • September 23, 2017 North Wales Music Festival - An evening of songs by Robat Arwyn with Rhys Meirion, Steffan Morris (cello), Cr Ysgol Pen Barras and Chr Rhuthun.
  • September 18, 2017 Merched y Wawr, Rhuthun
  • March 8, 2017 St David's Evening - Conwy Churches
  • March 6, 2017 Clwb y Bont, Pwllheli
  • February 22, 2017 Merched y Wawr Llanfair in Pwllglas Village Hall
  • February 18, 2017 Golan Social Centre, Garndolbenmaen
  • January 26, 2017 Ysgol Twm o'r Nant, Denbigh
2016
  • November 25, 2016 Meibion Maelor, Wrexham
  • November 21, 2016 Chwilog Chapels' Organisation, Neuadd Goffa Chwilog
  • October 12, 2016 Seion Chapel, Llanrwst
  • September 28, 2016 Idris Literary Society, Dolgellau
  • September 21, 2016 Merched y Wawr, Wrexham in Capel y Groes
  • April 27, 2016 Merched y Wawr, Holyhead
  • April 9, 2016 Bob Owen Society, Llanrwst
  • March 7, 2016 Penlan Chapel Society, Pwllheli
  • March 4, 2016 Llandudno Chapel Society
  • February 24, 2016 Y Drwm, National Library, Aberystwyth
  • January 20, 2016 Pandy Tudur Chapel Society
2015
  • December 2 Hiraethog Club, Pentrefoelas
  • September 21 Merched y Wawr, Abergele
  • September 16 Penrhyn-coch Literary Society, Aberystwyth

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Adjudicating

  • April 13, 2019 Mynytho Eisteddfod
  • February 16, 2019 Llanegryn Eisteddfod
  • September 22, 2018 Llanwrtyd Eisteddfod
  • May 4 & 5, 2018 Pontrhydfendigaid Eisteddfod
  • April 2, 2018 Pandy Tudur Eisteddfod
  • February 10, 2018 Abergynolwyn Eisteddfod
  • November 17, 2017 Dyffryn Ogwen Eisteddfod
  • November 6, 2017 North Wales Choral Festival (Llandudno) Schools' Day
  • October 21, 2017 Deiniolen Eisteddfod
  • August 4-12, 2017 Anglesey National Eisteddfod (Learners' Section)
  • June 24, 2017 Llansannon Area Eisteddfod
  • April 29, 2017 Betws yn Rhos Eisteddfod
  • April 14, 2017 Llandderfel Eisteddfod
  • March 29, 2017 County Eisteddfod (Adrannau & Aelwydydd)Conwy at Llansannan
  • March 25, 2017 Trefaldwyn Primary County Eisteddfod
  • March 11, 2017 Area Urdd Primary Eisteddfod, Colwyn Bay
  • December 16, 2016 Carol yr Wyl, Prynhawn Da S4C
  • November 4, 2016 North Wales Choral Festival (Llandudno) Schools' Day
  • July 1 & 2, 2016 Gŵyl Fawr Aberteifi
  • May 30, 2016 Urdd Eisteddfod, Flintshire
  • May 21, 2016 Anglesey Eisteddfod, Llangefni
  • February 13, 2016 Llanllyfni Eisteddfod

Commission Works

2017-2018
  • Hwn yw fy Mrawd - commissioned by Cardiff National Eisteddfod 2018

2016-2017
  • Llwybrau - a piece for the cello - commissioned by the North Wales International Music Festival
  • Roedd yn y wlad honno (Gloria in Excelsis) - Trelawnyd Male Voice Choir
  • Dy Hanner Di o'r Byd (words by Karen Owen) - Cr Cofnod
  • Lleisiau Mewn Cynghanedd (words by Tudur Dylan) - Cr Lleisiau'r Cwm
  • Canu yn ein Gwaed (words by Rhys Dafis) - Bro Aled Male Voice Choir
  • Conemara Meirionydd (words by Myrddin ap Dafydd) - composed during workshops with pupils from Ysgol Bro Tryweryn, Y Bala
  • Sion a Sian (words - traditional) - Cr Cytgan Clwyd

2014-2015
  • I am the Song (word by Charles Causley) - The City of Chester Male Voice Choir
  • Diamonds that shine in the night (words by composer) - The Chester Ladies Choir
  • Dyma gariad fel y moroedd (words by Gwilym Hiraethog) - Bro Aled Male Voice Choir
  • Mae'r awel yn ein huno (words by Tudur Dylan) - @ebol
  • Ger y Lli (words by Eirug Salisbury) - Cr Ger y Lli
  • Anthem o Lawenhad (words by Sian Freer) - Cantorion Rhos
  • Cn yr adar yn y gwynt (words by Tudur Dylan) - Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham
  • Ffydd Gobaith Cariad (words from the Scriptures)- Urdd Eisteddfod 2014

Recent

Hwn yw fy Mrawd: Paul Robeson - Arwr i Gymru, Arwr i'r Byd
The work was commissioned by Cardiff National Eisteddfod 2018 to be performed twice during the Eisteddfod week - Friday, 3 August and Saturday, 4 August in the Wales Millennium Centre. Libretto by Mererid Hopwood and music by Robat Arwyn. Directed by Betsan Llwyd.

Sir Bryn Terfel is the star of Hwn yw fy Mrawd, a biopic depicting the life of actor and singer, Paul Robeson and his strong links with Wales. We follow Robesons life through the eyes of his greatest fan, Mr Jones, played by Sir Bryn Terfel, as he regales Twm, a young man searching for a hero, with stories of Robesons fight against oppression.

Twm is portrayed by Steffan Cennydd, and other soloists include former national winners, John Ieuan Jones, Elain Llwyd, Elin Llwyd, Steffan Prys Roberts and Mared Williams. They are joined by renowned Birmingham ensemble, Black Voices, winners of the 2016 National Eisteddfod Festival Choir, Crdydd, a youth choir from the Eisteddfod area, and dancer, Matthew Gough.

Friday evenings performance takes place sixty years to the day since Paul Robeson addressed the Eisteddfod crowd at the 1958 festival in Ebbw Vale.

Tickets available from Cardiff National Eisteddfod 2018

I am the song
A piece commissioned by The City of Chester Male Voice Choir for TTBB. Words by Charles Causley. Published by Curiad
Damsels!
A piece commissioned by Cr Meibion y Traeth for TTBB on traditional Welsh words. English adaptation by Mary McGuyer. Published by Curiad
Doniau'r Ynys
Including Nerth y Gn sung by Rhys Meilir and Yn dy gwmni di sung by Gwen Elin. Sain
Diamonds that shine in the night/Sr yn disgleirio'n yr hwyr

SSA Arrangement
English words by Robat Arwyn; Welsh words by Mary McGuyer

Curiad.
Nerth y Gn (Gift of Life)
SATB sheet music of Cerddwn Ymlaen's 2015 campaign single, originally recorded by Rhys Meirion and Cr Rhuthun. Click here see a performance on YouTube.
Sain
Mae'r awel yn ein harwain
Caneuon y Wladfa - A music book which includes two songs by Robat Arwyn and Hector MacDonald, celebrating the cultural and linguistic links between Wales and Patagonia. Lyrics by Tudur Dylan. Atebol
Trio - Cn y Celt
The second CD by this popular trio - Emyr Gibson, Steffan Lloyd Owen and Bedwyr Pari - including an arrangement of Dal y Freuddwyd. Sain
Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn
Special arrangement for the 2017 Urdd Eisteddfod for Boys' Choir TB Yr 13 and under. (Comp. No. 207) Curiad
Various Artists - Llechi
This collection of songs is testimony to the thriving musical tradition of the magnificent slate valleys of Gwynedd including an arrangement of Cerdded Hyd y Llethrau sung by Lleisiau Mignedd. Sain.
Ffydd Gobaith Cariad
Piece commissioned by Urdd Gobaith Cymru and Tŷ Cerdd. Sheet music of SATB version published by Sain Records.
Adre'n l
Sheet music published by Sain Records. SATB version.
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