Eisteddfod Choir 2019

Join one of the 2019 Eisteddfod Choirs - Te yn y Grug project Choir, and the Gymanfa Ganu Choir!


Te yn y Grug is one of this year's Eisteddfod Choir projects, which will be launched at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst, on Thursday 11 October at 19:30.  During the evening you will hear more about the project, and a couple of the songs from this new show will be presented to you.
Background - in 2019, it is sixty years since one of the most iconic Welsh language volumes, Te yn y Grug by Kate Roberts, was published.  It is our opportunity to celebrate this occasion by commissioning a major work, to be performed during Festival week in Llanrwst. The collection of short stories include timeless themes celebrating the family, agriculture and the community, and has enchanted generations of readers.  Our hope is to introduce Begw, Wini Ffini Hadog and other characters to a new gen-eration and audience, through the eyes of the people of Conwy County.
Artistic Team - Cefin Roberts (Co-writer and Staging Director), Karen Owen (Co-writer), Al Lewis (Musical Director) and Branwen Williams (Producer).
Practical Information - Weekly rehearsals will be held in two separate locations in Conwy county (to be confirmed), and will be led by Elin Angharad and Angharad Ellis.  Every 5-6 weeks, choir members will also have to commit to joint rehearsals held by the choirmaster, stage director and artistic team.   More regular joint rehearsals will be held on Sundays during June and July 2019.
Te yn y Grug Chorus and solo Auditions - Everyone wishing to be part of the Chorus will need to attend one of the informal morning sessions, and those interested in a solo part will need to attend an afternoon session, as follows:
Saturday 13 October, Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst / Sunday 14 October, Ysgol y Creuddyn, Penrhyn Bay
09:30 – Chorus auditions
13:00 – Solo auditions
Chorus auditions - Come join us at the auditions!  The morning session is open to anyone interested in being part of the Te yn y Grug Chorus.  Although this is a choir project, anyone interested in acting, dancing, moving and performing are welcome to attend. This will be an informal and light-hearted audition, where you will be focusing on group harmony work in the morning, and there’s no need for you to be a member of a choir or an experienced singer to join.  We’re looking for people who enjoy performing on stage.
Solo parts - Anyone interested in being considered for a solo part – be it big or small – needs to attend an afternoon session.  Prepare a song or part of a song from any musical (no more than 2 minutes).  An accompanist will be available on the day to help, or you can bring you own accompanist. You are more than welcome to join the chorus session in the morning, but it is not compulsory if you feel that two sessions would be difficult. Everyone will listen to each other during the auditions, and you will be expected to take part in a movement session and simple acting workshop during the afternoon.  Wear comfortable clothes, and everyone will need to stay for the whole session.


The Cymanfa Choir, conducted by Trystan Lewis, will begin in January, and will be launched on Tuesday 15 January, 19:30, in Capel Seion, Llanrwst, with a warm welcome for everyone.  
Members will be able to register below, and on the evening itself, and will need to commit to weekly rehearsals.  Numbers are restricted to 250 members due to the size of the Pavilion stage. Following the launch, weekly rehearsals will alternate between Llanrwst and a coastal location, with evenings and venues to be confirmed.  The choir will work on two specific choruses, the first and final chorus from Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise. Musician, Huw Tregelles Williams will be the organist for the Gymanfa.