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Caernarfon Male Voice Choir: ‘COFIO’

This recording celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the Caernarfon Male Voice Choir. Since it’s inception it has forged its own unique place amongst the foremost vocal ensembles in Wales. However it remains as firmly rooted in it’s community as ever and during this time of celebration, the opening verse of ‘Cofio’ - a setting of the poem by Waldo Williams, seems particularly relevant.....

‘Cofio’ (Remembering) : Waldo Williams

Before the sun has left the sky, one minute,
One dear minute, before the joumeying night,
To call to mind the things that are forgotten
Now in the dust of ages lost from sight.

 

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A ‘comforting’ taster of things to come

‘Cysur’ (meaning comfort or reassurance) is a gorgeous, simple song, and as the title suggests, the words offer support to someone who might be feeling a bit low.

Sometimes, when we are anxious, we can put ourselves into a negative frame of mind. This is reflected in the song by the suggestion of someone walking in the rain. Ynyr’s message in the song is that “if that’s what you want to do, then I’ll be there walking alongside you. You can wear my jacket, and I’ll hold your hand.”

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Artist: Y Traeth Male Voice Choir
Catalogue no: ARAN518
Release Date: December 5th 2010

It’s been a year of celebration for one of North Wales’s foremost Male Voice Choirs. Y Traeth Male Voice Choir was established forty years ago in the Benllech area on Anglesey. A number of events have been held to mark the occasion and in March a book was released detailing the history of the choir. However the celebrations recently reached their climax with the release of a new CD – ‘Dathlu Deugain’ (Celebrating Forty).

It was the Anglesey Eisteddfod in 1969 that provided the initial impetus to form the Choir. At first there were only fourteen members under the direction of Mrs Magdalene Jones, a local teacher and the wife of poet, Dewi Jones. Since then the choir has had nine different conductors, the most recent being Annette Bryn Parri. On the other hand, throughout this time there has only been two accompanists as the present accompanist, Grês Pritchard MBE has been at the piano since 1970.

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A new, young artist has appeared in the world of country singing, with this first record showing that she has much to offer. There are 12 original songs here by Emma Marie, including 'Robin Goch', a song that is very familiar to Radio Cymru's listeners on Saturday and Sunday evenings. 

Emma decided to write this song after a difficult time following a great loss for her and her husband. "I did a simple accompaniment on the keyboard" Emma said "and put my song on Facebook where many people responded and loved it."

 

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Release Date – December 10th 2010

Emyr and Siân’s friends come together to contribute to this second collection of wonderful Welsh and English favourites.

This brother and sister have lives that are filled with music as is demonstrated by the rich array of distinguished musicians they count as friends. Emyr explains the significance of Bryn Terfel’s contribution to ‘Agnus Dei’ by Robat Arwyn. “Siân is a little older than me, and she has known Bryn very well since their childhood as they competed against one another in local eisteddfodau, but it was a huge experience for me”.

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Come to sing and play with....
Ffrindiau’r Wyddor (Alphabet Friends)
with Dewi Pws, Siân James, Emyr Gibson and Elin Llwyd

Here is a great CD for young Welsh learners!! A collection of songs that introduce the letters of the Welsh alphabet in a light, simple and fun style. Each letter is associated with a certain character and the melodies and the words together with the colourful accompaniments combine to produce an exciting way for children to learn the entire alphabet. There is also an opportunity to listen to the songs without the words. This provides the opportunity for movement, dancing and other creative tasks. The children can sing the songs either individually, in groups or sing along with family, friends and teachers.

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