Bari grew up in Llanddona near Beaumaris, Anglesey and since the age of five years old, Bari has played the Cornet and Trumpet playing with Beaumaris Brass Band. He was a pupil at Ysgol David Hughes and over the years has won many local and national solo competitions.
He graduated from the University of Huddersfield School of Music with Honours in 1999. During his time in Yorkshire, Bari played with some of the best Brass Bands in the world such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Fodens, Carlton Main and the Cory Band. At the other end of the spectrum Bari has performed and continues to play with a number of leading rock/pop bands of England and Wales, Anweledig, GaiToms, Geraint Lovgreen and The Beautiful South to name but a few.
During his career Bari has performed on some of Britains biggest stages such as The Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall, The Sage, The Albert Hall and has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Musicians such as Bryn Terfel, Sian Cothi, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Clare Teale, Derek Watkins, Tony Fisher, Rhydian and The Proclaimers.
Bari has been working in education since 1999 and has taught in Bradford as a Music and Drama teacher, Ysgol Brynrefail as acting Head of Music and Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni as Head of Year and Head of Music.
Bari and his wife Kate established a Community Choir in Llanddona in late 2013 in the same way that Codi’r To is using music to bring the community together. Since joining the Codi’r To team in January 2014 Bari believes that Music can be used as a vehicle to develop life skills and bring the wider community together effectively.
Berwyn graduated from the school of music at Bangor University, and is currently working towards his masters.
He has blown the trumpet since he was in primary school, where he learnt to play with Deniolen Brass Band. After leaving school he played with the welsh funk band ‘Derwyddon Dr Gonzo’, and currently spends his weekends playing with Llareggub Brass Band.
Carys Bowen is the co-ordinator for the Codi’r To programme. Following a 20 year career in television production, working for various production companies, Cwmni Da, Ffilmiau’r Nant, Tonfedd Eryri and Telesgop, Carys was appointed project co-ordinator for Codi’r To in December 2013.
Carys is proud to be a part of the Codi'r To team and witnessing the positive effect of music on pupils, families and both communities in Bangor and Caernarfon.
Name: Iolo Hughes
Iolo Hughes started his musical career being taught, and performing, through the William Mathias School Service in North Wales, as well as with local brass bands. Through these centres Iolo has performed on some of the UK's best known stages, such as the Royal Albert Hall, and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
In 2009 he moved down to Guildford to study a BMus in “Professional Music Performance: Drums” at the Academy Of Contemporary Music, while there he started a heavy metal band, and gigged around the London/South England area.
After graduating in 2011, Iolo stayed in Guildford for a while to continue to write, perform, and record music with his heavy metal band, before moving back to North Wales in January 2013. After moving back he started working for the company that taught him, the William Mathias Schools Service, as a peripatetic drumkit tutor, and resumed performing with Beaumaris Brass Band. He also started performing with local samba band Bloco Swn, as well as working freelance as a drummer/percussionist for a variety of projects and events ranging from theatre work, to classical concerts.
Since joining the Codi'r To team in January 2014 Iolo has enjoyed every minute of working on such a fulfilling and important project, and looks forward to the future with Codi'r To.
Originally from Birmingham, Lucy has lived in Wales since 1996. Lucy came to Wales to study music at Bangor University. She plays piano and clarinet...and has just started learning tenor horn with Codi’r To! Her main interest is introducing music to young children. She is in the process of completing her Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics. Dalcroze Eurhythmics is an amazing way to learn about music. The aim is to use the body to learn about music by moving and having a lot of fun!
In 2002 Lucy was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Scholarship to research interactive music education in America, Germany and Luxembourg. In 2004 she gained a Professional Development certificate in Early Years Music (Kodaly). During her career, she has worked with Ensemble Cymru, William Mathias Music Centre, and has also trained as a primary school teacher.
Lucy joined Codi’r To in September 2016. She enjoys being part of an inspiring project, and sharing her enjoyment of music with the children.