Civil engineer helps celebrate local composer at classical festival29th Sep 2017

Ruthin based firm Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK has shown its support for a local composer whose work has gone on to become an international hit.

The 45th annual North Wales International Music Festival (NWIMF), based in St Asaph, celebrated Robat Arwyn, who wrote the music for a globally successful song called ‘Benedictus’.

The song featured on an album by three Irish Catholic priests backed by the Vatican choir, and went on to sell more than two million copies worldwide. The Priests scooped a Guinness World Record for the fastest-selling UK debut for a classical act.

Robat Arwyn was honoured for his achievement at a special concert, sponsored by Jones Bros, during the festival. The festival ran from September 16 to September 30, with the concert taking place on Saturday September 23 at St Asaph Cathedral.

The show, sponsored by national contractors Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK, featured Robat Arwyn’s music and an appearance from renowned tenor Rhys Meirion, who interviewed Robat Arwyn about his career.

The festival, set up by Welsh composer William Mathias in 1972, aims to promote the culture, appreciation and understanding of classic musical within North Wales communities.

Jones Bros’ director Ruth James said: “Although Jones Bros delivers projects nationally, the vast majority of our employees and their families reside in North Wales. Therefore we enjoy supporting events, such as this concert, showcasing local talent and giving local children performance opportunities and experience.”

“Robat Arwyn’s achievements in the classic musical industry are outstanding, and the festival is an important date in the region’s arts and cultural calendar which we’re proud to be associated with.”

Founded in the 1950s and employing 350 people, Jones Bros has grown rapidly in the last decade.

It is currently working on contracts in various sectors including the construction of waste management facilities, highways, flood and marine defence and renewable energy projects around the UK.