Dafydd Bullock plays first ever Alphorn on Snowdon Summit
Dafydd Bullock was born in Llanberis. His grandfather, Ben Jones, and Uncle, John Roderick Jones, were both drivers at Snowdon Mountain Railway. He lived in Luxembourg for 33 years, and until recently lived for part of the year in Fachwen. He now divides his time between Germany and Austria. To play the Alphorn on Snowdon Summit was always a dream, and especially after so many appearances in the Austrian Alps.
A composer, in 1993 and 1994 he won first prizes at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, and in 1995 he was honoured in Wales by admission to the highest Order of the Gorsedd of Bards. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2005.
His compositions include 22 symphonies, 18 symphonic poems, 2 operas, 2 Requiems, 2 Mass settings, a Missa Brevis, an oratorio, 18 string quartets, 9 trios and other chamber mus￼ic and many songs and pieces for piano. He has written scores for 2 films.
Works have been published in the British Isles, Belgium, the USA and in Luxembourg. He has made 25 CDs to date, and his music has been performed and listened to and broadcast in over 140 countries, including Japan, China, USA, Brazil and Colombia as well as widely within Europe.
Train passengers and walkers were pleasantly surprised to arrive at the summit and see the unsual site of Dafydd playing his Alphorn – a first on Snowdon!