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-It's always nice to return home

-to Wales after travelling the world.

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-In this programme,

-I'm visiting four parts of Wales...

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-..to meet interesting people and

-perform a few songs along the way.

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-I'm starting my journey

-from the south this time.

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-My car is already pointing

-towards the Rhondda Valley.

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-My first stop

-is Cilfynydd by Pontypridd.

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-I've wanted to come here for years

-and that's due to one person...

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-..the world famous opera singer,

-the late Sir Geraint Evans.

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-I'm here to find out more

-about his childhood.

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-The story starts in William Street.

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-A street that raised a number

-of famous faces, Stuart Burrows...

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-..the international tenor and Merlyn

-Rees the former Home Secretary.

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-Sir Geraint's niece, Jayne Pearce,

-is here to show us around.

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-How are you, Jayne?

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-How are you, Jayne?

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-Fine, thanks, yourself?

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-It's nice to meet you.

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-It's the first time

-I've been to 55 William Street.

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-This is where everything

-started for Sir Geraint.

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-This is where

-he was born and raised.

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-His mother died when he was young.

-He was raised by his grandparents.

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-His father went to live with his

-parents at the top of the village.

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-His mother, Charlotte May,

-was a singer.

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-The whole family was musical.

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-The whole family was musical.

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-Very interesting.

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-Where are we going next?

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-Where are we going next?

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-Up to show you where Bethel was.

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-That's the chapel

-Uncle Geraint attended.

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-Sir Geraint has been a hero of mine

-since I was very young.

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-He was influential on my career.

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-In his time,

-he was an international opera star.

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-He had a career at the Royal Opera

-House in Covent Garden...

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-..which lasted over 30 years.

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-We're on the site

-of the old Bethel chapel.

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-There are flats here now.

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-It's an important place in

-Sir Geraint's musical development.

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-This is where he got

-his opportunity to perform.

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-He developed his skills here.

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-They learned oratorios, cantatas.

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-They learned to perform operas

-and all sorts.

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-Was there anyone who supported that?

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-Auntie Bessie.

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-She, I'm sure,

-would have pushed him to perform.

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-I had a similar person,

-Auntie Alice.

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-We weren't related but she was

-a part of the chapel in Pantglas.

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-I can see the importance

-of people like that.

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-It's important

-in those very early days.

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-The days when you're gaining

-your confidence.

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-The next place on our journey

-is the community hall...

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-..or the old workers' hall.

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-An important social space for the

-village during Sir Geraint's time.

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-At the age of 16, he performed

-Elijah by Mendelssohn here.

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-The production was in full costume.

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-It was a production, not a concert.

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-It was a production, not a concert.

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-Oh, yes.

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-Bethel chapel was too small

-to hold it.

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-It was a sell out, of course.

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-They had to put on

-an extra performance.

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-This is when he started

-to make his name locally.

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-People asked him to perform

-in local concerts after that.

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-In the family,

-we called him the Godfather.

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-He was the head of the family.

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-They were approachable, gentle,

-down-to-earth...

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-..and never forgot their roots.

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-In Wales, we like to talk about

-a person's home patch.

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-Yes.

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-A close-knit community.

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-It was a great stage for an

-international career. Thank you.

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-I'll learn more about this special

-man's career along the journey.

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-The Valleys have produced famous

-musicians over the years.

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-Up the road from Cilfynydd

-is the Rhondda Valley.

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-There's only one way to get

-the best view of the valley...

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-..and that is from the air.

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-Joining me in the helicopter

-is Gavin Ashcroft.

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-His roots are in the Rhondda.

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-Do you know where you are, Gavin?

-Do you know the roads?

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-It's different from the air.

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-The first town we reach on the edge

-of the valley is Pontypridd.

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-From the air, we can see a memorial

-to Evan James and James James.

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-They composed our national anthem

-Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

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-This is Porth where the

-valley separates in two...

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-..to Rhondda Fawr and Rhondda Fach.

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-As we travel

-up the Rhondda Fach Valley...

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-..it's hard to believe

-the world is so green...

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-..considering how much industry

-there was here 150 years ago.

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-There were around 80 coal mines and

-over 100,000 people living here.

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-From the air, we can appreciate

-the hundreds of houses...

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-..and the unique shape

-of the terraced houses.

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-As we fly over Penrhys,

-there's an incredible history here.

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-There was a monastery

-at the top of Penrhys.

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-Catholics would come here

-on a pilgrimage every year.

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-When Henry VIII

-suppressed the monasteries...

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-..he took the statue

-of the Virgin Mary to London.

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-Today, another Virgin Mary

-stands in her place.

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-We're flying over Tylorstown now

-which is called Pendyrus in Welsh.

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-There is a world famous

-male voice choir from here.

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-As we pass Tylorstown,

-we reach the next town, Ferndale.

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-A lot of famous people come from

-Ferndale or Glynrhedynog in Welsh.

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-Stanley Baker

-who was in Zulu is from here.

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-Stella is filmed here.

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-I've been to Ferndale several times.

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-I'd go to rehearse

-with Brian Davies.

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-He was a very nice man.

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-He had a huge grand piano

-in the small parlour.

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-His wife would make fish and chips

-after every rehearsal.

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-Great.

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-As we reach Maerdy

-at the top of the valley...

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-..where the last coal mine

-closed...

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-..the helicopter turns towards

-the Rhondda Fawr valley.

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-We're coming down to Treorchy now.

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-Treorchy is home...

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-..to one of the most famous

-male voice choirs in the world.

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-Treorchy is the home

-of the Park & Dare Theatre.

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-It's the Miners' Hall.

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-The Miners themselves paid

-for it to be opened...

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-..like many others in the valley.

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-They had to pay a penny for every

-pound they earned every week.

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-This is how this wonderful workers'

-hall was built. It's now a theatre.

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-Ton Pentre is home to the famous

-brass band the Cory Band.

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-I would say that they are one of the

-best brass bands in the world.

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-There used to be a brass band

-in every village in the valley.

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-They rose with the chapels

-and the coal mines.

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-Seeing the valley from the air was

-an incredible experience.

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-It's hard to believe

-that so much culture...

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-..has grown from the coal industry

-in the Valleys.

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-The Rhondda Heritage Park is based

-at the old Lewis Merthyr Colliery.

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-The brass band that shares that name

-is considered the oldest in Rhondda.

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-They're joining me

-to perform a famous hymn...

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-..that was first performed

-down the road in Hopkinstown.

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-# Lo, between the myrtles standing

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-# One who merits well my love

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-# Though His worth I guess but dimly

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-# High all earthly things above

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-# Happy morning

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-# Happy morning

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-# When at last I see Him clear

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-# When at last I see Him clear

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-# Rose of Sharon, so men name Him

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-# White and red his cheeks adorn

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-# Store untold of earthly treasure

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-# Will His merit put to scorn

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-# Friend of sinners

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-# Friend of sinners

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-# He their pilot o'er the deep

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-# He their pilot o'er the deep

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-# What can weigh

-with me henceforward

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-# All the idols of the earth

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-# One and all I here proclaim them

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-# Matched with Jesus, nothing worth

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-# O to rest me! O to rest me

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-# All my lifetime in His love

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-# All my lifetime in His love

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-# Amen

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-# Amen

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-# Amen

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-# Amen #

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-I've left the Rhondda Valley

-for the Ceredigion coast.

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-I've reached the county's largest

-seaside town, Aberystwyth.

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-I'm on the trail

-of more of Wales' musical history.

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-It has a wonderful pier dating back

-to 1865 and a lovely promenade.

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-The town was a popular holiday

-destination in Victorian times.

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-It still attracts visitors

-in their thousands to this day.

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-The sea and educational institutions

-influence the town heavily.

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-Aberystwyth is home to the

-University of Wales' oldest college.

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-We've reached

-the National Library of Wales.

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-One of the town's main institutions.

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-I have to say, I'm looking forward

-to going into this building...

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-..to see a few of the treasures

-that are kept here.

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-Nia Mai Daniel is the Head

-of the Welsh Music Archive.

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-She is going to show me some

-of the library's rare collections.

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-How are you, Nia?

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-How are you, Nia?

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-Hello, welcome to the library.

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-Thank you.

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-This manuscript we can see here.

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-It's a manuscript of the earliest

-existing music from Wales.

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-It dates back to the 14th Century.

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-It's wonderful that it still exists.

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-It shows there was a musical culture

-in Wales during the middle ages.

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-This manuscript is called

-the Penpont Antiphonal.

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-It came to the library from Penpont.

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-It's wonderful.

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-You can see where the monk

-who put this down...

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-..had fun by drawing small faces.

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-They're there next to the notes.

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-You've got the words in Latin.

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-The musical notes are there.

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-And there are a few funny faces

-in there too.

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-Incredible.

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-There's something else

-of interest here.

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-This is a collection

-of folk songs...

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-..presented

-at Llangollen Eisteddfod in 1858.

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-It was a mystery as to who

-presented this to the competition.

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-It was placed

-under the nom de plume "Orpheus".

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-Only very recently, when Mered...

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-..Meredydd Evans

-researched the handwriting...

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-..did they find it was James James

-who had presented the work.

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-He, of course, was the composer

-of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

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-As you look through this manuscript.

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-We can see

-that it includes Glan Rhondda.

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-Glan Rhondda

-was the original name...

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-..for the melody

-that became Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.

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-This is iconic.

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-Yes, yes it is.

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-Shall we move on?

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-I'm so lucky today!

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-You may be familiar with

-Leila Megane, the opera singer.

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-Are you telling me

-this is Leila Megane's scrap book?

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-This is Leila Megane's scrap book.

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-It's her personal one.

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-It's her personal one.

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-Yes.

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-She kept clippings

-during her career...

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-..including telegrams

-she got from famous people.

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-Do you want to see the telegram

-from Lloyd George?

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-Um, yes.

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-The telegram is here.

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-He sends this and says...

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-"Place: Cromwell Road, SW7."

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-Following message from Paris...

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-"I have heard with great pleasure...

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-"..of your splendid success

-at Covent Garden."

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-"Please accept my sincere

-congratulations...

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-..together with best wishes

-in future, D. Lloyd-George.

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-After the unique experience

-of the library's special archives...

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-..it's time to leave Aberystwyth...

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-..and head down the coast road

-to Aberaeron.

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-Another wonderful seaside town

-in Ceredigion.

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-You can see why people flock here.

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-Aberaeron is wonderful.

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-Sir Geraint Evans would come here

-on holiday in his youth...

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-..and made his home here.

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-This place

-was very close to his heart.

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-You could see him head out to sea...

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-..on his boat

-"Y Marchog" - The Cavalier.

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-He'd head out there to relax.

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-I've been invited by his son,

-Huw Evans...

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-..to view some of the musical

-treasures kept at his house.

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-This is very emotional for me.

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-This is the famous cover

-of his book.

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-Doesn't he just radiate authority?

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-That distinctive white hair.

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-He had this strength on stage.

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-That's what he had

-when he portrayed characters.

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-These are all his characters.

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-Wow, Huw.

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-I've put these out for you, Bryn,

-to have a look at.

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-There are scores and pictures here

-I thought might be of interest.

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-This is from 1948.

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-1948 was his first debut at

-Covent Garden as the Nightwatchman.

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-The Nightwatchman is a character

-in Die Meistersinger by Wagner.

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-It's a page or two of music but an

-important part at the end of Act II.

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-Wow, this was his first!

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-His very first.

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-His very first.

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-This is amazing for me.

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-It's an important role,

-the Nightwatchman.

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-Sir George Solti always said...

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-.."There is never

-a small role in opera."

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-"You have to remember this."

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-Of course, your father made

-that phone call on my behalf...

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-..for an audition

-with Sir George Solti.

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-He could see talent, Bryn,

-couldn't he?

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-I hope so.

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-This one may interest you.

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-When Dad finished

-singing in San Francisco...

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-..they put a compilation together

-of the operas he sung there...

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-..with various artists which

-you might find interesting to see.

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-It was a very good

-Welsh contingent.

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-Look who's singing Fenton

-in Falstaff, Stuart Burrows.

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-Who else?

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-Nanetta sung by Margaret Price.

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-Three from Wales on the same stage

-in San Francisco.

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-They've kept good things.

-I'm sure my mother does this too.

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-Well, I hope so.

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-Hey, "Y Marchog" - The Cavalier.

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-I have an incredibly clear

-memory of this.

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-Sir Geraint came on the stage

-and sang Y Marchog by Joseph Parry.

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-He removed his headdress

-and threw it on the floor.

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-# See a loyal gallant knight

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-# On his war horse, see him! #

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-Huw, this has been such an emotional

-journey around your house.

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-Thank you very much.

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-Thank you very much.

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-You're very welcome.

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-Dad would have been very proud

-of you to have had a look around...

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-..at some of his things as well.

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-You're very welcome.

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-You're very welcome.

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-Thanks very much.

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-# The heavens will forever protect

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-# The honour of pure Wales #

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-By now, I've left Aberaeron

-for New Quay.

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-It's been an emotional journey

-in Ceredigion...

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-..poring through the archives.

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-I'm on the trail

-of a Welsh icon's history.

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-I've got a huge interest

-in this village...

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-..because of its links

-to Dylan Thomas and Under Milk Wood.

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-Dylan Thomas lived here for a period

-during the Second World War.

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-It's thought that the place inspired

-parts of Under Milk Wood...

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-..and the legendary village

-Llareggub.

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-I'm eager to hear more of what

-he got up to while living here...

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-..from local author Sue Passmore.

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-Sue, we're in The Black Lion.

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-I hear it was a favourite

-of Dylan Thomas.

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-It was. Dylan and Caitlin

-came here frequently.

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-They'd leave the baby

-outside in the pram.

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-They left the baby outside!

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-For hours.

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-There was a lady who lived

-across the road.

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-She used to take the baby

-into her home.

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-She'd keep an eye on him

-while they were here.

0:21:400:21:43

-Sometimes Dylan would run out

-without paying the bill.

0:21:430:21:48

-I don't remember Dylan,

-I'm too young.

0:21:480:21:51

-My father remembered Dylan well.

0:21:510:21:54

-Dylan fell down the stairs

-at the Dolau Inn.

0:21:540:21:59

-They were very steep.

0:21:590:22:01

-He cut his head and my father

-had to patch him up after that.

0:22:010:22:05

-Did he pay?

0:22:060:22:08

-My father didn't say.

0:22:090:22:12

-But knowing Dylan,

-he might not have paid.

0:22:120:22:15

-The village may have inspired

-Dylan with the characters...

0:22:160:22:20

-..and served as the basis

-for his fictional village Llareggub.

0:22:210:22:26

-Of course, he used some characters

-like Tom Polly, Captain Cat.

0:22:280:22:32

-You remember Captain Cat.

0:22:320:22:34

-Then there was Cherry Jones.

0:22:340:22:37

-He inspired Cherry Owen

-in Under Milk Wood.

0:22:370:22:42

-What about the Reverend Eli Jenkins.

0:22:420:22:45

-I'm not sure if Eli Jenkins

-was one of the local people.

0:22:460:22:50

-I think Dylan had

-thought about combining...

0:22:500:22:54

-..a lot of the people

-he knew in the church.

0:22:540:22:58

-I think Eli Jenkins

-is an amalgamation.

0:22:590:23:01

-In this wonderful area

-by St Ina church in Llanina...

0:23:020:23:08

-..Dylan Thomas

-found inspiration to write.

0:23:090:23:12

-This is where I'll perform

-the famous prayer from the play...

0:23:120:23:16

-..with the Ar Ol Tri choir.

0:23:160:23:18

-# Every morning when I wake

0:23:190:23:24

-# Dear Lord, a little prayer I make

0:23:240:23:29

-# Oh, please to keep Thy loving eye

0:23:320:23:37

-# On all poor creatures born to die

0:23:370:23:43

-# And every evening at sundown

0:23:460:23:52

-# I ask a blessing on the town

0:23:530:23:59

-# For whether we last

-the night or no

0:24:020:24:08

-# I'm sure it's always touch-and-go

0:24:100:24:18

-# Oh let us all see another day!

0:24:210:24:29

-# Bless us all, this night, I pray

0:24:290:24:37

-# And to the sun, we all will bow

0:24:380:24:45

-# And say, good-bye

-but just for now!

0:24:460:24:56

-# Oh, let us see another day

0:25:000:25:06

-# Bless us this night, I pray

0:25:070:25:14

-# And to the Son, we all will bow

0:25:170:25:25

-# And say, good-bye

0:25:280:25:32

-# But just for now! #

0:25:340:25:42

-.

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-

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-I'm heading from West Wales

-to Mid Wales to the Penllyn area.

0:26:020:26:08

-It's a part

-of Snowdonia National Park.

0:26:080:26:10

-This area is famous

-for Welsh-language culture.

0:26:110:26:14

-It's extremely important

-to the community.

0:26:150:26:18

-Llanuwchllyn is one

-of the five parishes of Penllyn.

0:26:180:26:22

-That's where I start my journey

-of getting to know the area.

0:26:220:26:27

-The village is famous

-for producing two academics.

0:26:270:26:31

-Sir Owen Morgan Edwards and his son,

-Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards.

0:26:310:26:36

-He went on to set up

-Urdd Gobaith Cymru in 1922.

0:26:370:26:42

-Without him and the Urdd...

0:26:420:26:44

-..I would never have had

-the opportunities I got in my youth.

0:26:450:26:49

-I couldn't visit Llanuwchllyn

-without seeing my friend...

0:26:510:26:55

-..and opera singer

-Mary Lloyd-Davies.

0:26:560:26:58

-Hello!

0:26:590:27:01

-It's nice to see you.

0:27:050:27:06

-It's nice to see you.

-

-You too!

0:27:060:27:07

-Come in.

0:27:070:27:09

-Right, come and eat something.

0:27:100:27:12

-You're a growing boy, Bryn!

0:27:120:27:14

-You're a growing boy, Bryn!

-

-Tea for two!

0:27:140:27:16

-Tea for two, yes!

0:27:160:27:18

-Help yourself.

0:27:190:27:20

-Help yourself.

-

-This is incredible.

0:27:200:27:22

-You like scones.

0:27:230:27:24

-You like scones.

-

-Yes, I do.

0:27:240:27:25

-That's enough.

0:27:260:27:27

-Would you like a scone

-with your cream?

0:27:270:27:30

-They're nice, aren't they?

0:27:310:27:33

-It's nice to be here. You've lived

-in Llanuwchllyn for years.

0:27:330:27:37

-What's so special about the area

-and the community?

0:27:380:27:41

-I know everyone here. All my

-father's family come from here.

0:27:420:27:46

-I learned to sing from Mam.

0:27:460:27:49

-Mam conducted a children's choir

-when I was three.

0:27:500:27:53

-There was a lot of music

-in the village.

0:27:530:27:56

-There were many choirs here

-when I was young.

0:27:560:28:00

-There was an aelwyd choir,

-a young farmers' choir...

0:28:000:28:04

-..the main choir, cerdd dant choir.

0:28:040:28:07

-We were always busy.

0:28:070:28:08

-When I went to London

-in my university days...

0:28:100:28:13

-..I really looked forward

-to coming home.

0:28:140:28:17

-I'd count the tunnels

-on the train to Bangor.

0:28:170:28:21

-I drove here today.

0:28:230:28:24

-It's a wonderful journey.

0:28:260:28:28

-Yes, it is.

0:28:280:28:29

-Like you, I looked forward

-to the end of the term.

0:28:300:28:33

-Once you came through Bala and you

-got to the start of the lake...

0:28:340:28:38

-..you can see the village

-at the base of the Aran mountain.

0:28:390:28:43

-That's it, your home.

0:28:430:28:45

-We've got a journey to make now.

-I want to see these places.

0:28:450:28:50

-Thank you for the warm welcome.

0:28:500:28:51

-Thank you for the warm welcome.

-

-You're welcome, I'm glad to see you.

0:28:510:28:54

-On one of Wales' little trains...

0:29:000:29:02

-..The Bala Lake Railway...

0:29:020:29:04

-..I'm going on now to see more of

-the area with a local woman...

0:29:050:29:09

-..Llinos Jones-Williams.

0:29:100:29:11

-Llinos!

0:29:120:29:12

-Llinos!

-

-Good morning, Bryn. How are you?

0:29:120:29:14

-How are you?

0:29:150:29:15

-How are you?

-

-Fine, thanks.

0:29:150:29:16

-I'm eager to get on the

-little train. Where are we going?

0:29:170:29:21

-The train goes to Bala

-but we're going to Llangower.

0:29:210:29:24

-Lead the way.

0:29:250:29:26

-We're going past some fields now.

0:29:430:29:46

-These fields held the first ever

-Urdd camp back in 1928.

0:29:470:29:53

-They had a row of tents and only

-boys were allowed in the camp.

0:29:530:29:59

-Apparently,

-Sir Ifan himself did the cooking.

0:30:000:30:04

-Apparently he wasn't much of a cook!

0:30:040:30:08

-He had one large cauldron.

0:30:080:30:11

-Everything was cooked

-in the cauldron.

0:30:120:30:14

-People didn't go there for the food.

0:30:140:30:16

-People didn't go there for the food.

-

-Glan-llyn's food has improved a lot!

0:30:160:30:19

-The first campers would have

-travelled on this line.

0:30:190:30:23

-We can see Bala lake on the horizon.

0:30:270:30:30

-Yes, we can.

0:30:300:30:32

-Wales' largest natural lake.

0:30:320:30:34

-You can see Glan-llyn

-across the water.

0:30:360:30:38

-I've never been to Glan-llyn.

0:30:390:30:41

-I never stayed in Glan-llyn

-when I was younger.

0:30:410:30:45

-That's awful. It makes me sad.

0:30:450:30:47

-I feel a huge loss.

0:30:480:30:49

-Oh, absolutely.

0:30:500:30:52

-We're about to reach

-the wonderful Llangower beach.

0:30:540:31:00

-As you can see,

-it's paradise in the summer.

0:31:020:31:05

-It's wonderful.

0:31:050:31:07

-It's easy to see how this paradise

-inspired the famous folk song.

0:31:090:31:15

-# Farewell

-to the parish of Llangywer

0:31:160:31:19

-# And the fair town of Bala

0:31:200:31:23

-# Farewell to my dear love

-though I shall name no-one

0:31:240:31:30

-# I'm off to the land

-of the English, with a leaden heart

0:31:310:31:37

-# To dance to the harp

-and to play to the drums

0:31:380:31:44

-# Farewell to the vale and meadow,

-and the slopes of Cefn Gwyn

0:31:460:31:53

-# Farewell to the church and its

-noise, and the lakeside paths

0:31:530:32:00

-# As I bid adieu to Meirion,

-even though my voice may sound happy

0:32:010:32:07

-# As I hear the old songs,

-Oh! The pain in my heart #

0:32:090:32:21

-Those are the words

-of author Lewis Davies Jones...

0:32:230:32:27

-..or Llew Tegid from Llangower.

0:32:270:32:29

-He describes the longing for his

-home perfectly in the last verse.

0:32:290:32:34

-As we left the lake, it was time

-to head back to Llanuwchllyn...

0:32:340:32:39

-..for a chat about

-one of the area's stalwarts.

0:32:390:32:43

-The late, Derec Williams.

0:32:430:32:45

-He was originally from Anglesey.

0:32:450:32:47

-He lived in Llanuwchllyn for years.

0:32:480:32:50

-Derec Williams was one of the

-founders of Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn...

0:32:500:32:54

-..along with Linda Gittins

-and Penri Roberts.

0:32:540:32:58

-They've given hundreds of local kids

-the chance to perform on stage.

0:32:580:33:03

-Penri, you've been busy putting

-on concerts in tribute to Derec...

0:33:040:33:09

-..and to your work

-with the theatre group.

0:33:090:33:13

-Throughout the last year

-we've put on a concert called...

0:33:130:33:17

-.."Cadw'r Fflam Yn Fyw" -

-Keep The Flame Alive.

0:33:170:33:20

-It included parts from musicals

-through our history.

0:33:210:33:24

-How many shows have you put on?

0:33:240:33:26

-How many shows have you put on?

-

-We've done 12 original musicals.

0:33:260:33:29

-I'm very jealous.

0:33:290:33:31

-I didn't do any musicals

-when I was younger.

0:33:310:33:34

-I was only an hour and a half away.

0:33:340:33:36

-I was only an hour and a half away.

-

-We started in 1980.

0:33:360:33:38

-Our first musical,

-Y Mab Darogan...

0:33:380:33:41

-..was at the National Eisteddfod

-in Machynlleth.

0:33:420:33:45

-What was he like?

0:33:450:33:46

-What was he like?

-

-Der was a very enthusiastic man.

0:33:460:33:49

-He was a natural leader.

0:33:500:33:52

-He was always game for a joke.

0:33:530:33:55

-Der and I would write the book,

-if you will...

0:33:550:33:59

-..and then we'd give each other

-parts to write the Libretto.

0:34:000:34:04

-Der couldn't sing in tune

-but he knew full well...

0:34:040:34:07

-..what rhythm or feeling a song had.

0:34:080:34:10

-It worked. He sat there and listened

-and would say yes or no.

0:34:120:34:17

-You've grown up with

-Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn in the house.

0:34:180:34:22

-Yes and in addition

-to the cultural side...

0:34:220:34:26

-..the important message we got from

-Dad through Cwmni Theatr Maldwyn...

0:34:260:34:31

-..was how important commitment was.

0:34:310:34:34

-At the end of every performance...

0:34:340:34:36

-..he'd escape to the back of the

-auditorium to jump and shout...

0:34:370:34:41

-..to get that

-final 1% out of the chorus.

0:34:410:34:44

-# In amongst the uncertainty

0:34:460:34:49

-# Through the pain and bruising

0:34:490:34:52

-# I know that you are there

0:34:530:34:56

-# With tomorrow in your voice

0:34:570:35:00

-# As I love every horizon I see

0:35:010:35:05

-# A horizon is a beginning

0:35:060:35:09

-# I'll start each day

-that comes my way

0:35:090:35:16

-# Your news comes to me

-from the verge

0:35:160:35:23

-# To challenge me

-in my moment of weakness

0:35:240:35:29

-# Here's the flame

0:35:300:35:32

-# The flame that burns

0:35:320:35:35

-# Here's the flame

0:35:370:35:39

-# The flame inside

0:35:410:35:44

-# Through the years

0:35:440:35:46

-# Through the years

0:35:470:35:49

-# We'll all keep the flame

0:35:500:35:54

-# Keep the flame alive #

0:35:540:35:58

-You don't know if you've succeeded

-in writing a song until you have.

0:35:590:36:03

-When I set about writing

-a song in Derec's memory...

0:36:030:36:07

-..it wouldn't be sentimental,

-it wouldn't be a bleak song...

0:36:070:36:12

-..I wanted to show his enthusiasm

-and his character in the song.

0:36:120:36:18

-Linda and Penri did an amazing job

-writing the song...

0:36:180:36:22

-..considering the situation.

0:36:220:36:24

-I know Dad would hate the fuss.

-He hated any attention.

0:36:240:36:27

-# The fire burned brightly

0:36:280:36:31

-# The heat that gave us life

0:36:320:36:35

-# The voice against injustice

0:36:360:36:39

-# And the balm of wise words

0:36:400:36:43

-# The sound of laughter

-came to ease the pain

0:36:430:36:47

-# The merriment comes

-to dry your eyes

0:36:500:36:55

-# The leg pulling

-and constant challenges

0:36:580:37:02

-# The red light explodes in the dawn

0:37:050:37:11

-# This is the flame

0:37:110:37:13

-# The flame that burns

0:37:130:37:16

-# The flame that burns tonight

0:37:160:37:19

-# The flame inside us all

0:37:200:37:23

-# Here's the flame

0:37:230:37:26

-# And through the years,

-we'll insist

0:37:260:37:32

-# We'll keep the flame,

-we'll keep the flame alive

0:37:320:37:38

-# Keep the flame,

-keep the flame alive

0:37:390:37:43

-# Here's the flame

0:37:430:37:45

-# Keep the flame

0:37:450:37:47

-# Keep the flame alive

0:37:480:37:51

-# We'll keep the flame

0:37:520:37:57

-# Keep the flame alive #

0:37:570:38:03

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0:38:110:38:13

-The last leg of my journey takes me

-from Penllyn to the Lleyn Peninsula.

0:38:180:38:23

-I'm headed to Llanbedrog.

0:38:230:38:25

-I have warm memories of spending

-my holidays on Quarry Beach...

0:38:250:38:29

-..with my parents, my brother, Ian

-Arwel, and my friends in my youth.

0:38:290:38:34

-I'm here now for another reason.

0:38:350:38:38

-I remember my parents talking

-about a baritone from Llanbedrog.

0:38:380:38:43

-He was famous all over Wales

-for his incredible voice.

0:38:440:38:48

-His name was Elwyn Jones.

0:38:490:38:51

-He lived here.

0:38:510:38:52

-I'm on my way to Rehoboth Chapel

-to learn more about him.

0:38:530:38:58

-He was born in Llanelhaearn by Nefyn

-before moving to live in Llanbedrog.

0:39:050:39:10

-He started singing in his twenties

-and he won the Blue Ribband in 1957.

0:39:100:39:15

-It was at the

-National Eisteddfod in Llangefni.

0:39:150:39:19

-He soon came

-to the nation's attention...

0:39:190:39:21

-..and had a successful

-recording career.

0:39:220:39:25

-Dafydd, what was so special

-about Elwyn Jones' voice?

0:39:250:39:30

-What made it appeal so much?

0:39:300:39:33

-You know how we say

-people sing from the heart.

0:39:330:39:36

-To me, that was Elwyn's big secret.

0:39:370:39:40

-He sang songs that could sound

-sentimental with other singers.

0:39:410:39:47

-He convinced the audience that

-he believed what he was singing.

0:39:470:39:51

-# So near several times

0:39:520:39:57

-# To the evident vision of faith

0:39:570:40:02

-# Is my Father's house,

-and my destination

0:40:030:40:09

-# And the break of heavenly day #

0:40:090:40:14

-I was over the moon

-that he recorded with us.

0:40:140:40:18

-He had a strong voice.

-There was nobody like him.

0:40:190:40:23

-I would say

-at the end of the 1960s...

0:40:230:40:26

-..he sold the most records

-outside of pop singers.

0:40:260:40:31

-That's another part of his appeal.

0:40:320:40:34

-He's one of the few people whose

-home became synonymous with them.

0:40:350:40:40

-Llanbedrog.

0:40:400:40:41

-As an accompanist...

0:40:410:40:44

-..you accompanied Elwyn.

0:40:440:40:47

-Yes, I got the opportunity.

0:40:470:40:49

-I remember the experience

-from when I was at university.

0:40:490:40:53

-There was a cymanfa on Anglesey.

0:40:530:40:55

-He sang two songs,

-Fy Enw I Lawr and Gweddi Mam.

0:40:560:40:58

-I remember a brief rehearsal.

0:40:590:41:01

-He had this powerful voice.

0:41:010:41:04

-I remember looking

-around the chapel.

0:41:040:41:08

-People had their handkerchiefs out

-and were crying.

0:41:080:41:13

-His singing was so emotional

-and it hit people in their hearts.

0:41:140:41:20

-In the chapel, it was nice to

-reminisce with his son, Dilwyn.

0:41:210:41:26

-Back in chapel, how do you feel?

0:41:270:41:28

-Back in chapel, how do you feel?

-

-I liked to come here as a child.

0:41:280:41:31

-That would be years ago by now.

0:41:310:41:33

-Dad would lead the singing

-as an elder.

0:41:330:41:37

-Mam would play the organ.

0:41:370:41:38

-I'd sit with Nain in the back.

0:41:390:41:41

-We'd have a lot of fun together,

-we were very close.

0:41:410:41:46

-We made the first record in Swansea.

0:41:460:41:49

-We stayed at a hotel in Lampeter.

0:41:490:41:53

-On Saturday morning,

-before recording...

0:41:540:41:57

-..he lost his false teeth

-down the hotel sink.

0:41:570:42:01

-We had to get his false teeth.

-He couldn't record without them.

0:42:020:42:06

-Oh, no!

0:42:070:42:08

-He was lucky to get

-the teeth back that morning.

0:42:080:42:11

-Looking at a cross section

-of what your father's done...

0:42:120:42:16

-..quite a few hymns

-and a few solos too.

0:42:170:42:21

-They're Welsh ones.

0:42:210:42:23

-They're emotional ones.

0:42:230:42:25

-A Yw Fy Enw I Lawr? is my favourite.

0:42:250:42:29

-A lot of people like that.

0:42:300:42:31

-# I will not ask for wealth,

-gold or silver of the world

0:42:410:42:51

-# But to have assurance from heaven

0:42:520:42:56

-# That I will seek always

0:42:560:43:02

-# To be found

-in the great book of thy kingdom

0:43:020:43:07

-# A book

-with its leaves like the dawn

0:43:070:43:12

-# Say, Jesus my Saviour

0:43:130:43:19

-# Is my name got down?

0:43:190:43:24

-# Is my name got down?

0:43:250:43:28

-# In the great divine book?

0:43:290:43:32

-# Oh, I would love to know

0:43:340:43:39

-# That my name is down!

0:43:390:43:45

-# Oh! Dwellings of the city

0:43:520:43:57

-# Which shine in light

0:43:570:44:01

-# And a great, glorious throng

0:44:010:44:05

-# In white garments which are pure

0:44:050:44:10

-# No evil will come there

0:44:110:44:15

-# To sully their dawn

0:44:160:44:19

-# Where the angels are waiting

0:44:200:44:25

-# Is my name got down?

0:44:260:44:30

-# Is my name got down?

0:44:310:44:34

-# In the great divine book?

0:44:360:44:40

-# Oh, I would love to know

0:44:400:44:46

-# That my name is down!

0:44:470:44:56

-I'm heading north towards the Eifl

-mountains, I need my walking shoes.

0:45:050:45:12

-Anni Llyn knows this area well.

0:45:120:45:16

-She's going to show me

-a part of her home now.

0:45:160:45:20

-We're lucky on Lleyn, we have

-a lot of nice places to walk.

0:45:200:45:23

-We have the coastal path

-and the Eifl mountains.

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-This is a very special place.

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-You've got three peaks, Garn For,

-Garn Ganol and Tre'r Ceiri.

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-Tre'r Ceiri is the most famous,

-there are iron age remains there.

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-There's a stunning hill fort there.

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-Anni, this is your part of Lleyn.

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-Tell us what's hiding

-in those trees.

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-Nant Gwrtheyrn is in the trees.

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-You can see a little of it

-from here.

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-The name Gwrtheyrn takes us back

-to the middle ages and beyond.

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-Gwrtheyrn was a Brythonic king.

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-According to the legend he fled here

-to hide from a Saxon king.

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-I love hearing you say Gwrtheyrn.

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-Only people from Lleyn

-can say it properly.

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-The more we head along this path,

-the further we can see...

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-..towards Nefyn golf course.

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-That's right, Nefyn golf course, but

-in the far corner on the beach...

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-..is the village of Porthdinllaen.

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-You can feel the history

-of the place there.

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-You can sense the history of

-fisherman, pirates and sail boats.

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-Quite a few legends

-have been made there.

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-Porthdinllaen was immortalized by

-J Glyn Davies' words, Flat Huw Puw.

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-He was an academic,

-a collector of folk songs...

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-..a collector of sailors' shanties

-and a poet.

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-Shenandoah is a famous sailors'

-shanty that he loved.

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-He wrote words in memory of

-his brother on that tune.

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-In Wales, we know him better

-for his words Edrych Tuag Adre.

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-That's what I've been able

-to do up here today.

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-I'm looking toward my home.

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-Wonderful, Anni. Very interesting.

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-# Do you hear the song,

-the ship is sailing

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-# And we are heading home

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-# We won't see the land tonight

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-# Such fair lads

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-# We're looking toward home

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-# We'll see no land in a few hours

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-# As we are heading home

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-# We'll see the sea,

-the stars and sails

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-# Such fair lads

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-# We're looking toward home

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-It's nice to look toward home.

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-That really encapsulates

-how I feel right now.

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-Singing takes me all over the world.

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-Away from my family and my home,

-just like the sailors in the song.

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-After a wonderful week of travelling

-to the four corners of Wales...

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-..I've ended my journey

-in a place as wonderful as this.

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-Nowhere can beat the land of song.

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-# My brother hears the lads singing

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-# And we are heading home

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-# Before we round the horn,

-back to Wales

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-# Such fair lads

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-# We're looking towards home #

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Mae Bryn yn teithio i bedair rhan o Gymru yn sgwrsio â phobl ddifyr ac yn perfformio caneuon sy'n gysylltiedig â'r ardaloedd hynny. Bryn Terfel's musical tour with songs from around Wales.


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