Soloist Biography

Glyn was born in Aberystwyth where he was introduced to music by his Uncle and enjoyed playing euphonium with Towyn Silver Royal Oakley and Menai Bridge, all local bands.

Glyn is also recognised as an outstanding soloist in his own right and as a popular musician with the Fodens Band. His appointment as solo euphonium in the Band in 1995 has contributed to many contest victories including the Swiss Open in 1995, All England Masters 1995/2002, French Open 1998, Brass in Concert 1998/2002/2009, North West Area Finals 98/99/00/02/03/06/07/08/09/10/11, the titles of National & British Open Brass Band Champions of Great Britain, English National Champions and All England International Masters Champions.

His repertoire, often captured on commercial recordings, is truly impressive and includes performances with National Radio 2 Brass Showcase and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and as featured soloist at the Annual Tuba and Euphonium Conference. His enviable list of successes includes being awarded winner of the Harry Mortimer Most Outstanding Instrumentalist in his final year at Salford University, Best Brass Instrumentalist at the Urdd Eisteddford and Best Soloist Prize at the French Open and Brass in Concert Entertainment Contests.

During his time with Foden’s, Glyn has been a featured soloist on many CDs and Radio recordings. Breaking with tradition, and undertaking a project that has never before been attempted in the 200 year history of brass banding, Glyn recorded his debut solo CD in 2005, but with a difference; Glyn performs solos not only on euphonium, but also on 7 other instruments, including his voice (well, being a Welshman, he couldn’t resist). The solos are accompanied by the Fodens Band and prove how versatile this man really is, hence the title of the recording: Glyn Williams : Virtuoso.

Glyn recorded his 2nd solo CD  “The Lure of the Red Jacket” in 2011 and says - “I knew after the release of my first solo CD (Virtuoso) in 2005 that my next offering needed to be of a more serious nature, demonstrating just how far I have come in the 17 years I have been with Foden’s Band. All the pieces included on the new CD have special meaning for me, especially the Andy Scott Concerto which was commissioned for me in early 2011.

The title of the CD (taken from the first movement of the Concerto) mirrors my feelings for Foden’s and the attraction it will always have for me. I am extremely grateful to have been accompanied by such a great Band and such great people.”

He was delighted that the CD was awarded Brass Band World Solo CD of the Year for 2011.

Glyn regularly appears as guest soloist with bands in the UK, Europe and further afield and is delighted to be able to pass on his experience and expertise as a tutor at the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.