New direction for schools music service
Gwynedd and Anglesey schools music service (Gwasanaeth Cerdd Ysgolion Gwynedd a Môn) has appointed Tudur Eames to lead the organisation as it looks to develop its offer and widen appeal over coming months. He took up his position at the beginning of January and has already outlined his vision for the service.
Discussing his new role, Tudur explains: “Music and the arts in general in the education sector have been under pressure for many years – with resources at local authorities becoming increasingly scarce. We understand this and acknowledge the current climate is difficult, so we’re eager to work with children, parents and schools to ensure that music lessons of the highest standard continue on Anglesey and in Gwynedd.
“Gwasanaeth Cerdd Ysgolion Gwynedd a Môn has been providing lessons and musical opportunities to young people for over 20 years – with experienced tutors across a wide range of instruments. As we look to the future, I am keen to extend this to include drama.
“Having worked as a teacher until very recently I appreciate the challenges that face schools as they provide lessons in arts subjects – that’s why I am keen to widen our services so that we can meet their needs and ensure more children get to develop their skills and talents. We are in danger of losing what has traditionally been an important aspect of extra-curricular activities – so my aim is to ensure that Gwasanaeth Cerdd can go some of the way to ensure that this does not happen”.
Before he joined Gwasanaeth Cerdd Ysgolion Gwynedd a Môn Tudur was Head of Music at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph. Originally from Llwynhudol, Pwllheli, Tudur is himself a former pupil of the music service – he received harp lessons from Gwennant Pyrs and Elinor Bennet and was part of the county, north Wales and Wales national youth orchestras. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he trained as a harpist and pianist before becoming a professional musician. Following a period working in music theatre he decided to become a teacher, and was head of music at different schools in London and Oundle, Northamptonshire, before returning to north Wales in 2014 to lead the music department at Ysgol Glan Clwyd.
Welcoming Tudur to his new role Gwasanaeth Cerdd Ysgolion Gwynedd a Môn chair Dewi Jones said: “We are delighted to welcome Tudur to the service and look forward to extending our offer under his leadership. He has significant experience and I’m sure the service will go from strength the strength with Tudur as a key part of the team.”
PHOTOGRAPH: Tudur Eames, Head of Gwasanaeth Cerdd Ysgolion Gwynedd a Môn