About the Festival

Gŵyl Gobaith Music Festival will this year be a four day event inspired by the international opera singer, Rhys Meirion, and supported by a dedicated committee and volunteers.

Gŵyl Gobaith Music Festival was conceived with the sole purpose of promoting music within Flintshire’s community and beyond whilst raising sufficient funds for local charities. Three years later on it is now a major national musical festival attracting international artists and festival goers from across the UK.

The people behind the festival

Rhys Meirion – Chair and Artistic Director

The Gŵyl Gobaith Music Festival could and should grow and develop over the next few years to be one of the major cultural events in the U.K. and it will be OURS. By OURS I mean the people of Wales and North West England. We can have a fantastic time with fantastic music, and the cherry on the cake— we raise a lot of money for fantastic causes.


Rick Bedson – Deeside College

I represent Deeside College on the committee helping the festival make the most of the Northop College amenities and facilities.

Mal Chamberlain – Glyndŵr University

Glyndŵr University is thrilled to have Gŵyl Gobaith Music festival on its premises at Northop. I aim to assist the festival in utilising the site effectively.

Ann Williams – Clwyd Theatr Cymru

As the contact between Clwyd Theatr Cymru and Gŵyl Gobaith Music festival I have had the privilege of advising the committee on partnership marketing opportunities with the theatre and setting up the box office ticket selling facilities with our box office manager.

Gwenno Jones – Flintshire County Council

Gŵyl Gobaith, since the very first festival in 2009, has been one of the highlights of my working year. I am overwhelmed by the passion and dedication of all the people that make it happen, the event is truly a diamond in Flintshire’s cultural calendar. I hope to be involved in helping Gŵyl Gobaith go from strength to strength for many years to come.

Arwel Hughes – Production Manager / Mad Sound and Lighting

This type of event is so worthwhile and a personal challenge for me to coordinate, arrange and plan the layout the festival site. There is no better feeling than when you see people enjoying themselves. The festival committee is a dedicated good bunch of people whose drive comes from being involved and raising money for many worthwhile charities.

Pip Cockeram – Promotion

I am thrilled to be working with Gŵyl Gobaith to help market and promote this year’s festival. The line up is fantastic and I aim to make sure that everyone in North Wales, and further afield, know about this event which should definitely not be missed.

The Committee:

Huw Howatson – Site Management

This is my third year as site manager for Gŵyl Gobaith and the festival has a very special place in my heart. I will work tirelessly with Arwel and Richard to make sure that visitors to this years festival have the most amazing experience.

Christine Howatson – Corporate Hospitality

Managing the Corporate Hospitality experience for our guests at Gŵyl Gobaith Music festival is an absolute pleasure. I strive to give all those that attend our Hospitality Marquee this year an experience never to forget.

Ann Marie Hindle – Audience Development

Having helped Gŵyl Gobaith Music festival develop its audiences over the past few years it gives me great pleasure in seeing the event go from strength to strength.

David Rees – Treasurer

I am the committee member with responsibility for ticket sales and programme sales on the site during the festival weekend. Last year was a fantastic experience and I very much look forward to greeting all the excited festival goers again this year.

Richard Jones – Head Steward

This will be my second year of managing the volunteers that make Gŵyl Gobaith run without a hitch, from setting the site up in advance of the event, making sure all our audiences have a safe and wonderful experience and of course the big clear up at the end of it all. We really wouldn’t be able to go ahead with out the invaluable time and effort these local people give of their free will.

Ann Jones – Secretary

My role on the committee is to record all discussions and of course, to keep the committee in check. This year I shall also be coordinating the ‘Musical Window’ competition for Mold town centre which will help us promote this amazing event.