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Cor Lleisiau'r Cwm

Dathlu 20 mlynedd ers sefydlu Cor Lleisiau'r Cwm yn ardal Dyffryn Aman. Celebrating 20 years since the establishment of Lleisiau'r Cwm Choir in the Ammanford area.


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-From the Amman Valley, welcome

-to Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria #

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-This week we celebrate 20 years...

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-..since the founding

-of Lleisiau'r Cwm choir.

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-We talk to

-present conductor Catrin Hughes...

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-..and Glynog Davies,

-the choir's honorary president.

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-Tenor Robyn Lyn will perform as well

-as the choir itself, of course.

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-The singing comes from

-All Saints Church, Ammanford.

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-Catrin Hughes is the conductor

-and Christopher Davies the organist.

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-We begin with our first hymn,

-O Dduw Rho I'm Dy Ysbryd...

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-..sung to the hymn tune Llangloffan.

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-Lleisiau'r Cwm

-is 20 years old this year, Catrin.

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-I'm sure the years have flown by.

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-It's a cliche to say that time flies

-but it really has in our case.

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-The choir formed in 1996 for the

-National Eisteddfod in Llandeilo...

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-..and since then, the small party

-of 25 has grown substantially.

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-Originally from Tregaron, you're now

-a music teacher at Ysgol Y Strade.

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-What prompted you

-to start conducting a choir?

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-After graduating

-from Aberystwyth University...

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-..my first job

-was at Ysgol Gyfun Dyffryn Aman.

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-A group of schoolgirls

-asked me to start a folk party...

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-..for the National Eisteddfod

-in Llandeilo.

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-In a moment of weakness I agreed...

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-..and I'm still conducting

-20 years later!

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-What kind of bunch are they?

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-They're full of fun.

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-Those who know us say we're

-colourful characters and comical.

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-We enjoy performing,

-we enjoy hosting concerts...

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-..and raising money

-for local charities.

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-Fundraising

-is very close to my heart.

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-We also entertain

-through the medium of Welsh...

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-..and promote Welsh culture

-in Wales and beyond.

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-Apart from appearing

-on Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol...

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-..what's been the highlight

-over the past 20 years?

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-There have been several highlights.

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-Performing on the Llangollen stage

-was an incredible experience.

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-Winning the title of Cor Merched

-Cymru in 2005 was incredible too...

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-..as were our tours overseas

-and the socializing involved.

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-Many moments have been enjoyable

-for me as a conductor.

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-Next is a performance by the choir.

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-This is Catrin Hughes' arrangement

-of O Fy Iesu Bendigedig.

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-# O my Jesus, blessed Jesus

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-# Only friend of my weak soul

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-# In all adversity

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-# My spirit

-needs thy power to be kept whole

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-# While the tempests rage about me

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-# Through earth's waves

-I'll be secure

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-# Help is given

-my grasp to strengthen

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-# In thy nature

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-# Ever sure

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-# Ooh-ooh-ooh

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-# Here is ground I long to build on

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-# Amid decay, one here I trust

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-# Earth's one hope

-of shield and saviour

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-# While its mountains turn to dust

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-# While I stand on this foundation

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-# In the tempest and the blast

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-# The eternal rock of ages

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-# Is the place

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-# Forever fast

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-# Ooh-ooh-ooh

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-# Naught on earth endures forever

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-# Family and friends pass on

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-# Health and strength,

-hope and ambition

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-# New-found friends are quickly gone

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-# Building on these things

-will only show

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-# Their strength but sinking sand

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-# To depend on Jesus only

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-# Proves the power

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-# Of his strong hand

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-# Ooh-ooh-ooh

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-# Of his strong hand #

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-We will now sing a hymn...

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-..expressing a longing

-for a scattering of the holy spirit.

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-O Anfon Di Yr Ysbryd Glan

-Yn Enw Iesu Mawr.

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-Joining me now

-is the King of the Amman Valley...

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-..and the honorary president

-of Lleisiau'r Cwm, Glynog Davies.

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-I'm sure

-it's a privilege being president.

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-I'm prepared to accept the title

-of honorary president...

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-..and it's a real privilege being

-involved with such a great choir.

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-They sing

-fresh and contemporary pieces.

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-They promote the best music...

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-..in this locality.

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-Catrin Hughes is Queen of the choir.

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-Their contribution to this valley

-is priceless.

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-Yes, indeed.

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-One must remember that this is

-a post-industrial valley.

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-Most of its virtues

-have disappeared...

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-..because people have had to move

-away but the choir has remained.

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-We're fortunate

-to have a male voice choir...

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-..and a mixed choir in Ammanford.

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-But this is the ladies' choir and

-they make a valuable contribution.

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-Whatever the cause,

-Catrin and her choir never say no...

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-..so long as it fits in

-with their schedule.

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-They're always ready to help and

-willing to contribute through song.

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-Voluntary work

-is important to you, isn't it?

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-Yes, it is, because there are

-so many worthwhile causes...

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-..in need of help these days.

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-What gives me so much satisfaction

-is people's continued generosity...

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-..despite the fact

-this is a far from affluent area.

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-One must remember that some people

-find it hard to make ends meet...

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-..yet they're

-always willing to contribute.

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-Amman Valley Hospital

-is also in our locality...

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-..and we want to

-improve resources there.

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-We're currently fundraising to buy

-an X-ray machine for the hospital.

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-I know people

-are going to give generously...

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-..though we must raise

-thousands of pounds.

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-I know they'll contribute because

-they want to improve people's lives.

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-Thank you very much, Glynog.

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-Catrin Hughes

-comes from the Tregaron area...

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-..as does Robyn Lyn, the tenor.

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-He will now sing Then Shall

-The Righteous Shine Forth...

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-..from Mendelssohn's Elijah.

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-# Then, then shall

-the righteous shine forth

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-# As the sun

-in their heavenly father's realm

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-# Shine forth as the sun

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-# In their heavenly father's realm

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-# Then shall

-the righteous shine forth

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-# In their heavenly father's realm

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-# Shine forth as the sun,

-shine forth as the sun

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-# In their heavenly father's realm

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-# Joy on their heads

-shall be for everlasting

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-# Joy on their heads

-shall be for everlasting

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-# And all sorrow,

-all sorrow and mourning

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-# Shall flee away for ever

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-# Then, then shall

-the righteous shine forth

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-# In their heavenly father's realm

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-# Shine forth, shine

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-# In their heavenly father's realm

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-# Shine forth as the sun

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-# In their heavenly father's realm

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-# Then shall

-the righteous shine forth

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-# In their heavenly father's realm #

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-To end our programme

-from Ammanford...

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-..we'll sing the popular hymn

-I Dduw Bo'r Gogoniant.

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-Goodbye from us all.

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Dathlu 20 mlynedd ers sefydlu Cor Lleisiau'r Cwm yn ardal Dyffryn Aman. Celebrating 20 years since the establishment of Lleisiau'r Cwm Choir in the Ammanford area.