2019 Eisteddfod Choir details announced

27 September 2018

The Conwy County National Eisteddfod Choir will be officially launched at 19:30, on Thursday evening 11 October, in Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, Llanrwst.

This is the first opportunity to learn more about the project and to meet the artistic team responsible for leading the work over the next few months.  It’s also a chance to hear a few of the songs, and get details on the vision and the schedule between October and the Eisteddfod itself in August next year.

In 2019, it will be sixty years since one of the most iconic volumes in the Welsh language, Te yn y Grug, by Kate Roberts, was published, and the next year is our opportunity to celebrate this by creating a major new work, which will be performed by the Eisteddfod Choir during festival week in Llanrwst.

The collection of short stories includes a number of timeless themes such as the family, agriculture and the community, and has enchanted generations of readers. 

With Cefin Roberts and Karen Owen responsible for the words and Al Lewis composing the music, this will be a brand new interpretation of Kate Roberts’ classic.  Cefin Roberts will also be responsible for the staging, with Branwen Williams managing the project as a whole.

Two informal audition sessions will be held over the weekend of 13 and 14 October, the first in Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy Llanrwst, and the other in Ysgol y Creuddyn, Penrhyn Bay.  Anyone wishing to be part of the choir will need to attend these sessions and auditions will be held for anyone wishing to try for a solo part in the show.

Anyone keen to attend these sessions needs to register online beforehand - https://eisteddfod.wales/2019-eisteddfod/get-involved/eisteddfod-choir-2019

The choir for the Cymanfa Ganu will be launched on Tuesday evening 15 January at Capel Seion, Llanrwst, and people can register online to join both choirs or one or the other.

More details on both projects will be announced before long, including additional information on the Te yn y Grug artistic team.

The National Eisteddfod is grateful to National Lottery players for supporting this project through the Heritage Lottery Fund, and to Cadw and the Snowdonia National Park Authority for their support.