A TOP Welsh composer will be in Rhyl later this month to hear the première of her latest composition.

Rhian Samuel has been commissioned by Rhyl Music Club to compose a sonata for the 'Beethoven in Wales' project, which launches at Rhyl Town Hall on Wednesday, October 17.

As part of the club’s 2018-19 International Concert Series, Rhyl Music Club came up with the ambitious project of putting on the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 10 sonatas for violin and piano across three concerts in one season and with resident duo Mary Hofman and Richard Ormrod to perform them.

A key feature of each performance is the inclusion of the première of a new composition by a female Welsh composer.

Presenting her work in this first concert, Samuel, from Aberdyfi, was educated in Britain and the USA and is a champion of raising the profile of women in the world of classical music, having co-edited the Dictionary of Women Composers.

She writes orchestral, chamber, vocal and choral music and has worked with many of today’s foremost classical artists.

About 120 of her works have been published and she has received accolades such as the Glyndwr Medal for services to the Arts in Wales and an honorary degree from the University of Wales.

Samuel will host a talk with the audience about being a female composer in a world previously dominated by men. This will be at 6.30pm, followed by the concert at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £12, free for accompanied 16s and under, and available on the door or via rhylmusic.com.