Mae'r rhaglen arbennig hon yn talu teyrnged ac yn diolch am gyfraniad cerddorol y diweddar Sioned James. Celebrating the life of the late musician and choral conductor Sioned Ja...
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-Sioned Nest James,
-founder of Cordydd...
-..and a pioneer in the world
-of Welsh choral singing.
-She died prematurely...
-..but contributed so much
-to Welsh culture.
-She was a friend to many.
-Back in 2013, I had the privilege
-of interviewing her.
-I think friends can be a sustenance,
-a rock, a fantastic foundation.
-Sioned's strength, without a doubt,
-was Sioned the person.
-I'll remember her as a person
-who was full of fun and laughter.
-I can't remember her
-in any other way.
-We both supported each other.
-I couldn't have wished
-for a better friend.
-She was a shining light.
-When something like that
-..the loss is felt so much more.
-Sioned was one of those people
-who only had one gear.
-She lived life to the full.
-If you do something, do it.
-I miss her terribly...
-..as a friend.
-I'm so glad...
-..that I met her.
-was a daughter of the manse...
-..and her roots were deep
-in the Llandysul area.
-Steeped in Welsh culture...
-..Sioned's short journey
-on life's paths...
-..was a mixture of successes
-and personal battles.
-Her family and friends
-were her rock.
-She was a private person...
-..with an ambition
-to put her own stamp on the world.
-It all began
-at Llandysul primary school.
-What was interesting about her...
-..as a schoolgirl
-was that she was small in stature.
-But she had such a strong character
-for someone so small.
-She had an inner strength too.
-An inner steel, you know.
-She'd stand up
-for anything she believed in...
-..when she was very young.
-What linked us was Penybont
-Baptist chapel in Llandysul.
-I knew her as a baby, and later,
-she sang solos at the chapel.
-The family's pew
-was directly in front of mine.
-A kind of rapport grew between us
-over the years as she grew up.
-Poor girl, she had to put up
-with my shrieking for 18 years.
-My first memory of Sioned
-is as an eight or nine-year-old.
-Her and Sian, in the gallery,
-singing their hearts out.
-One year, the late Meirion Jones
-He asked the congregation
-to sing with more oomph.
-Of course, they both went for it.
-It was always true for Sioned...
-..where congregational singing
-That was her great passion.
-After the service, we'd have a chat
-about life in general.
-I could see
-that she was mischievous.
-One day, she asked me
-which was my favourite hymn tune.
-I named four of them.
-Tanymarian. In Memoriam.
-Llef, Bryn Calfaria.
-She said, "Do you realize
-they're all in a minor key?"
-I realized from the outset...
-pulsed through her veins.
-As she developed, you could see
-just how much music meant to her.
-Sioned was mischievous
-in chapel and at school.
-I was sitting in my office one day
-when she came to stand by the door.
-"I've been sent here to tell you...
-"..that I jabbed a pencil
-into one of the boys' backside."
-"Oh, Sioned, you didn't!"
-"Was it sharp?"
-"I'd just sharpened it."
-Naturally, I gave her
-quite a loud telling-off.
-"I want you to go back now...
-"..and I want you
-to apologize to him...
-"..for doing such a thing.
-"And don't do anything
-like that again."
-Off she went.
-I made sure that the children
-walked past me as they went home.
-"Did you apologize?"
-"What did he say to you?"
-"So I kissed his head," she said.
-"Then what did he say?"
-"Thank you very much."
-The first time I met her properly
-was at Glan-llyn in Form 1.
-I remember seeing this girl
-who was tall and very slim.
-She had a dodgy perm and a brace.
-In a way,
-it was like looking in a mirror...
-..because that's how I looked too!
-Shared problems brought us together!
-She had some kind of spark.
-I wanted to be a part of it.
-I was always searching for mischief
-and she seemed to offer that.
-During that week in Glan-llyn,
-our relationship developed.
-From then on, we were best friends.
-Islwyn Evans, music teacher and
-Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion founder...
-..was a big influence on Sioned
-throughout her life.
-She was an Year 8 pupil,
-if I remember rightly.
-It was an exciting time in Llandysul
-as regards singing.
-I had about five school choirs
-on the go at the time.
-She would have been in all of them
-except the boys' choir.
-She'd probably be around them too,
-eyeing up one or two.
-He wasn't the most traditional
-He liked to do things that weren't
-necessarily on the curriculum.
-Maybe he could see that I had
-a good ear or was musical...
-..or that the person next to me
-He was so keen to get Pencader and
-Pentre-cwrt farmers into the choir.
-Everyone thought he was much
-more cool than the other teachers.
-I remember her
-talking about Ysgol Gerdd.
-She introduced me to Islwyn
-at an Eisteddfod.
-"This is Islwyn. Isn't he ugly?!"
-Remarks like that. You're not.
-It was her way of saying,
-"I love this person."
-She couldn't show it, she couldn't
-say how much she loved people.
-It was immediately clear
-that she admired Islwyn...
-..and really appreciated
-the opportunity he'd given her.
-While a pupil
-at Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi...
-..Sioned secured a place in the
-National Youth Choir of Wales...
-..which went on tour
-to Leipzig in Germany in 1992...
-..conducted by the maestro
-John Hugh Thomas.
-The main event was singing in
-the Lutheran church, Thomaskirche.
-As it happens, when we were there...
-..it was Bach's anniversary.
-We were invited
-to give the concert that year.
-The place was packed.
-Another member of the choir
-on that trip to Germany...
-..was the founder of Only Men Aloud,
-I remember that time so well.
-I remember the music...
-..and just singing together.
-I was quite shy at that time...
-..and she was so noisy
-and so lively.
-A good laugh, really.
-One piece I really liked
-was by Pearsall, Lay A Garland.
-It's an exceptionally fine piece.
-Such a piece would connect with her,
-there's no doubt about that.
-She had been determined
-to study Welsh at Aberystwyth.
-But after this trip, she was aware
-that Music was her true passion.
-Her head said Welsh,
-and her heart said Music.
-Then, aged 18, came a turning point.
-A serious car accident,
-and months of recovery.
-Sioned made a deal with herself...
-..not to waste a second of her time
-from that point on.
-I visited Sioned in hospital.
-She was there, lying prone...
-..two days before her A levels
-were about to start.
-I think Music was her first exam.
-I saw her parents first.
-Their faith was strong.
-But Sioned's faith
-was strong as well.
-I remember a very determined girl.
-that if she got through it..
-I think there was a 60% chance
-that she wouldn't walk again.
-Knowing that aged 18,
-that's quite a shadow.
-After a few weeks, she underwent
-surgery in Stoke-on-Trent.
-I visited her and took her a copy
-of John Rutter's Requiem.
-I knew she loved it.
-Apparently, in the hospital...
-Everything was on cassette
-at the time.
-She kept telling everyone,
-"You must listen to this."
-that people listen to this piece.
-If I played it once,
-I played it a hundred times.
-There's something that takes you
-to another level of emotion...
-..when I didn't know
-if I'd walk again or not.
-When Sioned was a sixth former
-at Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi...
-went to Newcastle Emlyn...
-..to record Dechrau Canu Dechrau
-Canmol with several local choirs.
-Islwyn Evans insisted
-that it would be Sioned...
-..who was interviewed
-for the programme.
-"Oh, why are you
-asking me to do this?
-"I don't want to do it!"
-On a worldwide and national level...
-..I'd like to see brotherly love
-and fellowship towards others.
-To see Christ's teachings realized.
-Fraternity, love and making
-the world a happier place.
-Anyone at school might have thought
-all she did was enjoy life.
-That she had no faith, but she had
-a steadfast core sustaining her.
-Islwyn Evans went on
-to establish a new group...
-..that would draw on voices
-from across Ceredigion.
-We were called La Cappella.
-We didn't look like
-the Spice Girls, unfortunately...
-..and we didn't sing like them.
-We sang a sound that he
-always desires, a pure sound.
-It was a fantastic experience
-and the basis of Ysgol Gerdd.
-He knew what he was doing...
-and instilling confidence.
-You can imagine the frenzy.
-Now, instead of one
-talkative girl from Llandysul...
-..I had several talkative girls.
-Not many more talkative than Sioned,
-but it was a very exciting time.
-Sioned was a key part of that group.
-She got the chance
-to go to Patagonia.
-It was an experience
-that stayed with her.
-It was nice to see those girls
-go on to lead successful lives.
-While still recovering
-from her serious injuries...
-..Sioned went to Cardiff University.
-With her friends,
-she established the group Viva.
-They were six very talented singers.
-from different areas.
-Bow Street, Lampeter, Penweddig,
-Llandysul, those areas.
-They'd sing at village halls
-here and there to entertain people.
-That showed the urge she had
-to start something herself.
-I think that was
-the start of Sioned's journey...
-..offering some kind of culture
-back to other people.
-Sioned went on to win a first class
-honours degree in Welsh at Cardiff.
-It was the start of a golden age
-as she set about founding Cordydd.
-Sioned was an instinctive musician.
-Music seemed to be in her soul.
-She also had
-that wonderful ability...
-a group of people together...
-..to form a choir...
-..and then the remarkable formula
-to create that blend of voices.
-It's hard to create.
-It was something
-she had to convey to the choir.
-The sound at the time
-was quite unique.
-Sioned could create
-a remarkable sound in a choir.
-You might think that it wasn't
-a Welsh sound as such.
-Her research was extremely thorough.
-With Cordydd, she created a clean,
-pure, and, in a way, perfect sound.
-But there was a spirit
-in the singing.
-Cordydd was Sioned's idea.
-It was a great period.
-A social group of people
-in their twenties...
-..who wanted to carry on something
-with which they'd been brought up.
-Coming together to have a good time.
-Having established Cordydd...
-..Sioned James was making her mark
-in the world of TV and radio too.
-The first time I met Sioned,
-we'd been warned at Radio Cymru...
-..that a talented young woman
-was coming to work as a researcher.
-As one of the old guard, I'd been
-asked to take her under my wing.
-But we'd also been told
-that maybe she was a little shy.
-Within five minutes
-of her coming through the door...
-..you knew that the description
-didn't quite suit Sioned.
-Looking back, maybe there was
-a grain of truth in it...
-..but she was like a whirlwind.
-She was a breath of fresh air
-as regards her originality.
-Maybe the BBC and the traditional
-world of Welsh broadcasting...
-..wasn't ready for someone
-like her at the time.
-Fresh new ideas
-as a member of a production team.
-She didn't have
-that many opportunities...
-..but when she did, everyone knew
-that Sioned James was on the air.
-As well as working in the media...
-..Sioned tried her hand
-at being a professional agent.
-One of her clients
-was the soprano Gwawr Edwards.
-The relationship between an artist
-and an agent is important.
-That bond is very important.
-Our relationship developed
-to be something so much more.
-We became close friends.
-Our personalities were similar.
-We both liked fun in entertainment.
-In your twenties, you go from
-a child to an adult, in a way.
-She was such a big influence
-on my life.
-She really was.
-I just miss her so much.
-In 2007, with her career
-going from strength to strength...
-..and the choir becoming
-..Sioned's conducting talent
-and broadcasting ability...
-..combined in a new series
-for S4C, Codi Canu.
-It was a pleasure for me to work
-with her on 2 series of Codi Canu...
-..where rugby fans formed choirs.
-We had to turn
-a roomful of Ospreys fans...
-..into a disciplined choir.
-Alwyn Humphreys and Sioned James.
-Neither Sioned or I
-really wanted to do it...
-..because it was totally different
-to anything we'd ever done.
-We were used to a choir
-of people who could sing...
-..and were already disciplined.
-We were being thrown
-into a rugby crowd, to be honest.
-Is there a gun here
-to shoot a few of these singers?
-Come on down!
-Some didn't know the meaning
-of choral discipline!
-They'd stand up and ask why we were
-doing something a particular way.
-Reliving the experiences
-in the car on the way back...
-..we were almost hysterical.
-Please be good, please be good,
-please be good, please...
-There was a serious side
-because it was a competition.
-We were both petrified
-by what would happen...
-..when we had to compete
-against the other choirs...
-I think the decision
-had been made beforehand...
-..that the Ospreys choir
-We decided to enjoy it
-as an extraordinary experience.
-But if it wasn't for Sioned,
-I wouldn't have lasted the course.
-Cordydd was now
-a successful choir...
-..having won many prizes at the
-National Eisteddfod, Cor Cymru...
-..and Radio Cymru's
-Many young Welsh people in Cardiff
-were desperate to join.
-I remember sitting in the Pavilion,
-probably awaiting an adjudication.
-The mixed choir competition was on.
-I remember hearing Cordydd's sound.
-They grabbed my attention
-from the off.
-I knew that I was going
-to Cardiff University that year.
-I resolved to get into the choir
-I had just left university
-and started working.
-I had nothing at all
-to do with Welsh culture.
-I'd never really been a part of it,
-not even at home.
-A Welsh learner from Fishguard
-isn't really down with the Taffia!
-But I enjoyed singing and wanted
-a way to make new Welsh friends.
-I put "Welsh choir" into Google
-and it came up.
-I remember walking
-into the vestry of Salem Chapel...
-..wanting to join the choir
-but not knowing much more.
-Should we introduce ourselves
-Was there an interview? An audition?
-Would I have to sing
-in front of everyone?
-But we soon found out...
-..that sneaking in and sitting
-at the back wasn't an option.
-That wasn't how Sioned did things.
-She stopped the rehearsal.
-"Who do we have here?"
-"What do you want to do?"
-"Do you want to sing?"
-She didn't force us to sing,
-but you knew right away.
-OK, this choir is what it is
-because of the conductor.
-If you joined Cordydd,
-you became one of Sioned's team...
-..and that was that.
-When I first became
-a member of Cordydd...
-..I remember being aware
-that it all felt very homely.
-We were accepted as a young bunch,
-the choir's youngest members.
-We were welcomed with open arms
-by every one of the members.
-Sioned created that atmosphere
-in the rehearsals.
-She managed to strike
-the right balance...
-..between having fun
-and knuckling down...
-..for a competition
-or a concert performance.
-She was a perfectionist.
-Both aspects combined
-so easily, so leisurely...
-it was that balance...
-..that led to Sioned enjoying
-so much success with the choir.
-for the highest standards...
-..but she didn't reach them...
-..without a great deal of spadework.
-Sioned accepted an invitation...
-..to conduct Cardiff's
-Mochyn Du pensioners choir.
-She took up the challenge
-in the way she always would.
-She'd make the best
-of any situation.
-They enjoyed constant success.
-She managed to create another
-community of people in Cardiff.
-over 80 older people together...
-..to create music typical of Sioned.
-Music of the highest standard
-for pensioner choirs...
-..because of the firm foundation
-that Sioned had put in place.
-I always think that the genius
-Sioned possessed was very rare.
-However, no-one would use Sioned's
-methods of rehearsing a choir...
-..as the basis for a textbook.
-of a quote by John Bertalot.
-"When criticizing your choir,
-be sensitive and constructive."
-Well, Sioned's way
-was to tell them...
-.."You nauseate me!"
-Sioned had her own language.
-I recall one rehearsal.
-I heard her say something and didn't
-quite understand what she had said.
-It was one of her sayings,
-and I won't repeat it.
-I turned to Luned, a fellow alto,
-and asked what Sioned had just said.
-Luned turned to me
-and wrote it down on the copy.
-The other altos saw it
-and began to laugh.
-They'd found someone else who was
-tuning in to Sioned's language.
-It could be strong,
-but you got used to it.
-That was her way of telling you
-something wasn't good enough.
-She compared us to things,
-she impersonated us.
-I remember one example.
-"Right, girls, I want this sound.
-"Boys, I want this sound,
-and altos, I want this."
-Thanks a bunch!
-The altos weren't girls.
-We were something in the middle.
-Then we all laughed.
-that cropped up regularly...
-..because she knew
-she'd touched a nerve.
-"You nauseate me!"
-Then, if it got really bad,
-"I nauseate myself!"
-Some were like chickens.
-There were other similes.
-She'd point at someone and ask
-what kind of sound they had made.
-Someone else would have
-to make a suggestion.
-She was colourful.
-need to convey their emotions.
-Sioned did so
-through plain speaking.
-Some were terrified.
-Some would be shocked
-at her comments.
-There was no need to ask
-what had been said.
-But there on that copy...
-a lovely devotional piece...
-..written in pencil, was a note
-of what exactly Sioned had said.
-going from strength to strength...
-..the next step was to release a CD.
-They recorded the piece
-that impressed her so much...
-..in hospital after the car crash.
-John Rutter's Requiem, translated
-into Welsh by Emyr Davies.
-The CD was launched
-at St Augustine's Church, Penarth.
-The mark of the greatness
-of any conductor...
-..is not just to create
-a masterpiece for a CD recording...
-..but to also maintain that standard
-in a live performance.
-I'll never forget being at
-St Augustine's Church, Penarth...
-..and hearing Cordydd
-performing the work.
-I remember feeling so privileged.
-The audience was usually close
-when you sang with Cordydd.
-Seeing people's faces,
-people you respected...
-..enjoying the performance...
-..and getting that feeling I got
-before I joined the choir...
-..and thinking, "She is creating
-something special here."
-Everyone who left the church,
-and it was packed, was speechless...
-..because we had been elevated
-to a higher spiritual plane.
-Everyone was stunned,
-not just by the choir's quality...
-..and the CD they had produced...
-..but also that they had maintained
-the standard in a live performance.
-It's an evening I'll never forget.
-Sioned and Cordydd had much success
-in the Cor Cymru competition.
-They reached the semi-final in 2005
-and the final in 2009...
-..with their enchanting performance
-of Eric Whitacre's Sleep.
-has been a great foundation...
-..and a fantastic stage
-for choirs down the years.
-What's great about it...
-..is that it forces
-or nurtures new choirs to compete.
-The choral series
-was presented on S4C...
-..by Sioned's best friend,
-It was a strange experience
-to interview Sioned...
-..when Cordydd appeared
-on Cor Cymru.
-You can't escape the fact
-that you're close to some people.
-We were both a bit awkward
-with each other.
-We were both nervous, I think.
-It was very nice
-to see a close friend...
-..being successful on that stage.
-One of the awards
-is given to the best conductor...
-..or the most promising conductor.
-I'll never forget that year.
-She was speechless,
-with a tear in her eye.
-I was so happy,
-standing next to her.
-That she was being recognized
-for her work...
-..for the journey
-she was on with the choir.
-Competing was certainly
-all-important to Sioned.
-But concerts with world-famous
-conductors and composers...
-..counted even more for her
-as regards the choir's achievements.
-Sioned placed great emphasis
-on working with new composers.
-with Eric Whitacre in 2010...
-..she attracted the greats
-Paul Mealor and Morten Lauridsen...
-..to hold two concerts,
-one in Llandaff...
-..and one at St David's Cathedral.
-Sioned was a great innovator.
-One of her amazing skills
-is the sensuality of sound.
-Cordydd don't sound
-like a Welsh choir.
-They'd hate me saying that because
-they're proud of being Welsh.
-like an international choir.
-She was obsessed with the quality
-of the vowels, the sound.
-She was drawn to composers
-like myself, Whitacre, Lauridsen...
-..who are composers
-of the sensuality of sound.
-It was a marriage
-between conductor and composer.
-She introduced their music to Wales.
-Haydn was the father
-of the symphony.
-Morten Lauridsen is the father
-of the contemporary choral world.
-I was conducting,
-shivers down the spine.
-Sioned had tears in her eyes.
-Here she was, in the presence
-of this great man, with her choir...
-..singing top drawer,
-absolute top drawer.
-The place was full in the concert.
-The whole of St David's turned out!
-What a gig!
-It was a thrill, I must be honest.
-Those minutes were important for me
-to take stock of the situation.
-That says everything about Sioned.
-Despite her confidence...
-was still evident.
-She wanted to succeed.
-She wanted to reach
-the highest level every time.
-One of Sioned's great passions
-was her love of hymns...
-new arrangements of them.
-Sioned was steeped
-in congregational music.
-Hymns were very important to her...
-..as was being able
-to interpret them with the choir.
-She had passion and she had faith.
-It amazed me.
-You'd expect a musician
-to focus on the musical aspects...
-..but the words
-were so important to her...
-..maybe even more so than the music.
-Such was her love of hymns...
-..that Cordydd commissioned
-a new arrangement of Pantyfedwen...
-..to present to Sioned
-and her husband, Gareth Roberts...
-..on the occasion of their wedding.
-She liked rugby...
-..and Gareth Roberts
-likes rugby too.
-They got together.
-I just think he was blinded by her.
-It was hard not to be blinded
-by those huge blue eyes.
-They say that the eyes
-are the window to the soul.
-They certainly were
-in Sioned's case.
-On 10 August 2010,
-Sioned and Gareth got married...
-..at Penybont chapel in Llandysul.
-We were in the deacons' pew.
-She held my hand
-all the way through it.
-That was very nice.
-The choir sang wonderfully.
-It was a ceremony
-that embraced you.
-It said a lot
-about her and Gareth...
-..and everyone who had been
-a part of her life.
-Sioned had a clear affinity
-for traditional Welsh hymns.
-She introduced Craig Yr Oesoedd
-to the choir...
-..and got Jeff Howard to create
-an arrangement for Cor Cymru 2009.
-You're in the zone,
-really enjoying a song...
-..and you instinctively look
-into the conductor's eyes.
-You get a connection
-when you do that.
-when we were enjoying a song.
-You puffed your chest out.
-She had to go,
-"Rein it in now, Roche! Rein it in!"
-Her passion was totally evident.
-She wanted to make sure...
-..that the choir performed the piece
-as a Welsh anthem.
-When we sang it in the competition,
-I remember feeling a thrill...
-..that she had managed to get Jeff
-to create an arrangement...
-..that breathed new life
-..that had been so important to her
-since the early years of her life.
-It was unique.
-Despite all the success,
-Sioned's roots remained in Newport.
-She went to Pembrokeshire
-every chance she got...
-..to escape all the attention
-and to enjoy the peace.
-truly is my spiritual home.
-When your life's in order...
-..that's when you look back
-at what's happened in your past.
-It was so clear
-that she gave everything...
-..to conduct this choir
-that meant so much to her.
-You also think,
-that after a storm dissipates...
-..it leaves a gaping hole
-Every Thursday after a rehearsal,
-I left with that empty feeling.
-She must have felt it too.
-When I think of the loss
-she must have felt...
-..in those final months and years,
-it must have been tough.
-I think that I could sense it.
-If you have that storm...
-..you have to admit
-that you have a duty...
-..towards what happens
-after the storm...
-..comes to an end.
-I think she was a person
-who felt things deeply.
-She was a rock to a lot of people.
-That's how Sioned was.
-If everyone else was OK,
-things were fine.
-But as for herself...
-..it was a case of,
-"Let me be and I'll carry on.
-"I'll deal with things
-in my own way..."
-After a spell in hospital,
-Sioned lost her battle.
-A difficult personal battle
-that had been with her for years.
-I got a phone call.
-..and I was told...
-..that she had gone...
-..and, um, just...
-I knew she was ill.
-To be fair, Gareth had kept
-the lines of communication open.
-Even so, when you hear that
-about a 41-year-old woman...
-..who had so much to offer
-and so much to give...
-..it was just so hard to accept.
-I think I broke down.
-A few days
-after Sioned's private funeral...
-a difficult decision.
-Would they compete at the Eisteddfod
-in Abergavenny without her?
-For a long time afterwards...
-..I couldn't shake off
-..that something special
-was in danger of coming to an end...
-..and that all we could do...
-..to pay our debt...
-..to acknowledge it
-in a deserving manner...
-..was to make sure
-that it didn't end.
-As regards the future of Cordydd...
-..we would do all we could...
-the difficult conversations...
-..we would do whatever it took...
-..because now, more than ever,
-it had to be done.
-The decision was taken...
-..to carry on and compete...
-..but on one condition.
-That we would go there
-and do everything perfectly.
-For that fortnight between
-Sioned's death and the Eisteddfod...
-..everyone pulled together
-to work as a team.
-There was Huw, with those hands...
-The very same elements
-that Sioned had were there.
-I certainly felt, right, I'm giving
-this bloke everything I've got.
-He's the one standing there.
-He's the one who bears
-all the responsibility now.
-The nature of the pieces...
-..yes, we were going
-from one period to another...
-..but each one of the pieces
-had a definitive message.
-There was a reference
-to celebrating life.
-There was a reference to moving on,
-a reference to remembrance.
-The irony is, Sioned wasn't there
-to listen to the performance.
-I don't know how they managed...
-..to go from the first note
-to the last note.
-..but they all somehow held
-that performance together.
-Without a doubt, I got a thrill
-from conducting the choir...
-..at last year's Eisteddfod.
-I'm so glad that we were able to pay
-Sioned the best tribute possible.
-In October 2016, Sioned's family
-and friends gathered...
-..for a special service
-to celebrate her life...
-..arranged by Cordydd.
-It was wonderful
-to sing the old songs.
-What could be more apt than to tell
-the choir's story through music.
-That was a very special day.
-So many people
-from so many fields gathered...
-..to pay tribute to her...
-..and to talk about her.
-A medley of sadness and humour.
-Cordydd's performance that day...
-...was almost out of this world.
-I think Sioned
-would have been in her element...
-..listening to the performances.
-She'd have loved being with people
-who meant so much to her.
-Oh, that was an incredible service.
-The choir sang like I've never
-heard them sing before.
-Huw Foulkes, of course.
-I can't imagine anyone better to
-take the helm and carry on her work.
-I know that Sioned will be pleased
-that Huw is there.
-It was a service
-that screamed out Sioned James.
-As for the singing,
-the choir rose to the occasion.
-It was so difficult for them.
-It was a remarkable
-..and worthy of Sioned.
-"Through the lavender and tears
-the laughter won't echo
-"Tonight, how can we sing our song
-"When longing holds the baton?"
-The englyn by Emyr Davies.
-What strikes me is the silence
-where there was laughter.
-Calm where there was activity.
-And that this person...
-..who was so full of life...
-..is now quiet.
-When I remember Sioned,
-I remember talking.
-In the first years,
-answering me back.
-By the end, teacher and pupil
-had become friends.
-She touched the hearts
-of so many close friends...
-..and she has left a huge void
-behind her as a friend.
-I also feel that Sioned
-wouldn't want us...
-..to weigh ourselves down
-with too much sadness.
-She was such a positive,
-happy, joyful person.
-I can hear her now,
-if she thought we were sad.
-"You nauseate me! Come on!"
-We have to try to remember
-the happy aspects of Sioned.
-She would want us to be happy
-through our sadness.
-She gave people opportunities
-that we could never have dreamed of.
-Without a doubt,
-the foundation that she laid down...
-..is something that we will
-celebrate for years to come.
-I have no doubt either
-that the name of Sioned James...
-..will be exalted for centuries...
-..in the world of Welsh
-S4C Subtitles by Testun Cyf.
Mae'r rhaglen arbennig hon yn talu teyrnged ac yn diolch am gyfraniad cerddorol y diweddar Sioned James. Celebrating the life of the late musician and choral conductor Sioned James.