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What To Do in Betws Y Coed, Snowdonia, North Wales

Personal Advice And Guidance On Attractions And Walks/ Drives

Ideally situated in Snowdonia National Park. There is a range of interesting activities virtually on your doorstep. The village Betws-y-Coed itself is just a six minutes gentle walk away across the Conwy Valley. The network of roads  (A5 and A470) in every direction quickly bring a variety of mills, mines and museums, castles and quarries, falls and forests, all within easy reach.

View of Beautiful SnowdoniaView of Betws Y Coed

As visitors to Snowdonia and North Wales and as passionate hill walkers themselves, Jaap and Ghislaine visited most of the attractions in the area and did a lot of walking around.

We will be very pleased to advise you on these places and on walking and climbing. On request it is possible to be provided with accurate maps of the area. We have drying facilities, which you are welcome to use at the end of a wet day.

A complimentary guided walk (max.5 hrs) in the surroundings of Betws-y-Coed itself can be booked. At cost it is possible to be driven around for ca.2 hours in Snowdonia by Jaap in the guest house's people carrier (Honda Shuttle) as well. During this tour Jaap is too pleased to introduce you to the many natural, historical and cultural aspects of Snowdonia and North Wales.

Park Hill / Gwesty Bryn Parc Music Collection

Betws Y Coed Attractions

If you are interested in classical music the following might be of interest:
The library contains more than 25.000 recordings of classical music, music written between ca.1300 and ca.2000.

Of course we promote the “Welsh” connection:

A.o. Welsh composers are Grace Williams (from Barry), represented in the collection with e.g. her “Fantasy on Welsh nursery Rhymes”, Alun Hoddinott, Daniel Jones and William Mathias (Bangor), who composed a “Welsh Summer”-symphony as well as the fanfares and festive music for the investiture of Prince Charles as prince of Wales and the music for Princess Diana’s wedding.
Not to be overlooked is Edward German (whose name originally was Edward Garmon Jones) with his German Welsh Rhapsody and of course his light opera Nell Gwyn.  Not well known, but Meirion Williams composed very beautiful songs on Welsh texts, in our collection sung by Bryn Terfel!
Of course the Welsh harp is represented in the music library, played by Eleanor Bennett.

Other British composers worked in Wales of were influenced by Welsh music as well.

Elgar’s oratorio The Apostles was completed just half a mile from Park Hill. There he corrected his 2nd Symphony as well. More specifically Welsh influences are found in his Serenade for Strings.
Vaughan Williams was of Carmarthenshire descendancy. You can hear many Welsh influences in his music, as obviously for instance in his “Preludes on Welsh tunes”. William Boughton spent his holidays in Capel Curig, during which he wrote his string quartet “ From the Welsh Mountains “, citing folk music from the Snowdonia area. More recently Peter Maxwell Davies composed an opera on a Welsh subject, The Doctor of Myddfai, premiered in 1997 in the Theatre in Llandudno.

Of the non-British composers with a Welsh connection are Beethoven and Haydn to be mentioned.
They both arranged Welsh folk songs, Beethoven even 25 of them!

Furthermore: The library contains many recordings by Welsh singers and of course performances by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Rarities

The Hotel’s music library contains a.o:

  • A recording of Beethoven’s “Jena”-symphony and a reconstruction of Beethoven’s tenth symphony,
  • Reconstructions of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and other not completed sketches for symphonies
  • Elgar’s Third symphony.
  • All different versions of the Bruckner Symphonies 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 and 9
  • Different completions of Mahler’s Tenth (Cooke 1964, Cooke 1974, Mazzetti 1986)
  • Different completions of Mozart’s Requiem (Sussmayer, Maunder, Beyer a.o.)
  • Many unfinished fragments by Mozart (a.o. a concerto for piano, violin and orchestra)

Survey of composer's "in stock"

And of course we possess recordings of orchestral and instrumental works by almost all major composers from the fourteenth century until today.
 A.o. we offer you the opportunity to listen to a selection of

  • The “complete” works by J.S.Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Stravinsky, Vermeulen and Walton,
  • The almost complete works by Chopin, Wagner, Richard Strauss, Szymanowski, Roussel,
  • Most of the instrumental and orchestral works by composers as Joseph Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Bruckner, Smetana, Saint Saens, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Dvorak, Janacek, Elgar, Magnard. Delius, Debussy, Pfitzner, Sibelius, Nielsen, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Ives, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Scriabin, Bridge, Bartok, Honegger, Korngold, Prokofjev, Moeran, Hindemith, Copland, Tippett, Shostakovich, Lutoslawski, Britten, and Maxwell Davies.
  • Furthermore many orchestral works by composers as Alwyn, Andriessen, Arnold, Bax, Boulez, Borodin, Chavez, De Falla, Gerhard, Glazunov, Handel, Hanson, Holmboe, Karlovicz, Langgaard, Martin, Martinu, Messiaen, Parry, Pijper, Piston, Reger, Respighi, Rimsky Korsakov, Rubbra, Schmidt, Stanford, Stenhammar, Sterndale Bennett, Stockhausen, Sweelinck, Tubin, Zemlinsky and Zimmermann.

If you are interested in a particular composer or work, do not hesitate and please contact us.

And if this all is too overwhelming to you of course we would be very pleased to introduce you to the wonderful world of the classical music.



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