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1st March 2010 St David’s Day Anthem: Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi

Bryn Terfel + Tim Rhys Evans receiving Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi (Ring out the bells for Saint David)Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi (Ring out the Bells for Saint David)

St David’s Day on March 1st is now accompanied by an official anthem: Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi, and in 2010 a Choir of schoolchildren from Ysgol Penbarras, Denbigh, will be performing the song at Disneyland Paris.

Only Men Aloud and Bryn Terfel: Supporting the Song for Saint David’s Day

Internationally famous opera singer Bryn Terfel and Tim Rhys Evans, Musical Director of ‘Only Men Aloud’ (Winners of the very first BBC ‘Last Choir Standing’ competition in 2008) came together to support the launch of a manuscript on the web, a special song for Saint David’s Day, which has been adopted as the official song of the National Saint David’s Day Parade (NSDDP) and launched by Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales at the Assembly in January 2008.

The launch of the ‘Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi’ manuscripts on the web were celebrated by the presentation of the very first copies to Bryn Terfel and Tim Rhys Evans. The manuscripts have been available for sale from ‘Y Lolfa’ website since the 5th February 2009 – a historical scoop for ‘Y Lolfa’ as this is the very first time that a Welsh medium publication has been sold in an electronic format.

“It’s a great pleasure and honour for all of us in ‘Only Men Aloud’ to be the first to receive this exciting new song to celebrate our Nation’s Patron Saint. All the best to the ‘National Saint David’s Day Parade’ for many years of continued success in song and spirit.” said Tim Rhys Evans.

Bryn Terfel received the very first copy of the Piano and Voice arrangement, and Tim Rhys Evans the first version of the Male Voice Choral arrangement from Gwenno Dafydd, who wrote the words both in English and Welsh. Heulwen Thomas composed the original music for piano and voice and the Male Voice, Female Voice and Mixed Voice (SATB) arrangements were made by Eilir Owen Griffiths, winner of the Gold Medal for Composition at the Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales at Cardiff 2008.
All four versions are available to buy for £2 a copy from Y Lolfa website –

Garmon Gruffydd from Y Lolfa said “It has been possible to buy English books from the web for quite some time, but it is an honour for us to be the first publisher to sell Welsh medium e-books. As well as selling the four versions of ‘Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi’ we intend to sell a number of novels as e-Books.”

The Pembrokeshire Banner (St Davids Day)‘Cenwch y Clychau i Dewi’ was published on February the 5th 2009.

On the front of the manuscript copies there is a mock-up copy of ‘The Pembrokeshire Banner’ which was launched in the Oriel at the National Assembly for Wales on the 19th February 2009, as the first of the County Banners to be created for the National Saint David’s Day Parade.

The Pembrokeshire Banner’s permanent home is now the East Cloister in Saint David’s spiritual home in the Cathedral, Saint David’s, North Pembrokeshire and the Homecoming Ceremony, on Saturday the 13th February was attended by: The Right Reverend Wyn Evans, Bishop of Saint David’s, the Very Reverend Jonathan Lean, Dean of Saint David’s, Reverend John Bennett, Vicar of Llanrhian, and Llanhywel, John George (Deputy Chair of Pembrokeshire County Council) and his wife, Mrs. Nan George, Stephanie Halse (Mayor of Saint David’s) and her Consort David Halse, and John Lloyd (Deputy Chair of Saint David’s City Council) the Banner Makers and People of Pembrokeshire, Fishguard Choir, Goodwick Brass Band, and it was a very successful and memorable day.

External Links:
Y Lolfa website
Direct Link to the St David’s Day Song
The Pembrokeshire Banner and great pictures of the 2009 NSDDP
Official site of the NSDDP
Celebrating St David’s Day

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