A founder director of Alaw, Meinir Heulyn is one of Wales' most versatile harpists. Having been principal harp with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera for thirty years, she was co-ordinator of the harp department until 2012 and is professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, being recognised as one of Wales' most experienced harp teachers. She is one of Britain's foremost professional harpists as well as a leading authority on folk music and its traditions. Meinir is a co-founder of Telynau Morgannwg (The Glamorgan Harp Guild) and Coleg Telyn Cymru (The Welsh Harp College), where she helps organize harp courses attracting teachers and students from around the world. Inspired by her work with young people, Meinir Heulyn has published several volumes of music for the harp, taking Welsh music all over the world. Meinir is a director of Alaw. http://www.meinirheulyn.com

Another founder-director of Alaw is Meinir's husband, Brian Raby. He studied with Denis Wick, was principal trombone with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera for over twenty years and was Musical Director of the Welsh Brass Consort. From 1994 until 2006 he was a member of the trombone section of the world-class London Philharmonic Orchestra, playing on countless recordings and films, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian left the LPO in 2006 to concentrate on freelancing, teaching, writing, publishing and cycling. As a freelancer he has worked extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden playing the bass trumpet in numerous cycles of Wagner’s Ring as well as other operas. He continues to be a busy freelancer.

Brian Raby has coached at numerous youth courses, including the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Wind Orchestra of Wales as well as the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He is a prolific arranger for brass and his work has received the highest critical acclaim.