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-Ellis Humprhey Evans
-was killed 100 years ago...
-..along with thousands of soldiers
-at the Battle of Passchendaele.
-Ellis, or Hedd Wyn, won the chair
-at the Birkenhead Eisteddfod...
-..but he never returned
-to accept his Eisteddfod chair.
-People felt strongly that this
-event needed to be remembered...
-..in an unique way.
-Two years ago,
-the journey started...
-.. to devise one of the most
-ambitious opening concerts...
-..of the National Eisteddfod.
-Four, five years ago,
-myself and Gwawr Wyn Roberts...
-..were discussing a project
-to commemorate the First World War.
-It was her idea to commission music
-to remember the life of Hedd Wyn...
-..and other soldiers
-from the First World War.
-Gwawr asked us
-if we were interested...
-..in working together
-on a music project about Hedd Wyn.
-Since 2017 was the centenary year
-of his death...
-..we were glad we could do
-something very different.
-We've been concerned about Hedd Wyn
-fatigue over the years.
-With the centenary of the
-Black Chair ceremony this year...
-..it was decided to present
-the work at the National Eisteddfod.
-We wanted to commemorate
-Hedd Wyn's life in different ways.
-This was a chance
-to do something special.
-To start the creative process...
-..a visit to Hedd Wyn's
-former home was organised...
-..by project manager
-I was eager not to start this
-journey without bringing...
-..the Eisteddfod community
-to Yr Ysgwrn...
-the wonderful atmosphere.
-The natural starting point was the
-school children of Ysgol Bodedern.
-The school is literally
-next door to the Eisteddfod.
-We've been taught about him
-in Welsh lessons...
-..but we don't really know
-how he lived.
-That's been very interesting.
-It was an emotional experience
-seeing the Black Chair.
-I can't imagine what it was like
-during the ceremony.
-We were told how people
-started to cry.
-I can't imagine
-being in that situation.
-We knew that Hogia Llanbobman
-would be part of the finished work.
-They're young lads...
-..the same age as the soldiers
-who left their families.
-We brought members
-of the working committee here too.
-I love this place.
-Being here and being introduced to
-the story even though we know it...
-..by listening to Gerald and
-the girls, is such an experience.
-Gerald is Hedd Wyn's nephew.
-He lived in Yr Ysgwrn
-until very recently.
-"He died for freedom and honour."
-Where's the freedom for a soldier
-who's been killed - I don't know.
-I think the room that's full
-of chairs is a stunning room.
-So much history, so many stories,
-so much heritage in that room.
-It's such an interesting place.
-I've heard great things about
-Yr Ysgwrn but I've never visited.
-A lot of the lads
-had never been here.
-I'm glad we had the chance
-and it didn't disappoint.
-We'd heard a lot about Gerald,
-the main man.
-He said that there was something
-here and we felt it today.
-Hedd Wyn is important...
-..and more importantly,
-he's a symbol of a creator who died.
-He was a poet, a creative creature.
-The creative creature
-was killed by a beast...
-..that killed hundreds
-and hundreds of thousands.
-The centenary of his death...
-..and the opportunity to do
-something during the Eisteddfod...
-..gives us the chance to remember.
-He was no more special than anyone
-else who died during the war...
-..but he stands as a symbol
-of what happened to many Welsh men.
-Originally, we wanted a story
-..and then we wondered why
-we had a story about Trawsfynydd...
-..in the Anglesey Eisteddfod.
-It didn't take us long to realise
-that it was our privilege...
-..to be able to commemorate
-The comments and suggestions
-of the group...
-..were presented to brothers
-Aled and Dafydd Hughes...
-..who would compose the music
-for the concert.
-Writing for a choir
-was a whole new experience...
-..for the two members
-of Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog.
-We were looking for an outline.
-We wanted to come in
-with a clear idea...
-..without it having to be complete.
-As long as we came in
-with some kind of vision...
-..of how to interpret the story...
-Well, that's what we did.
-I don't know how other people do it
-but it worked for us.
-I think we had a clear
-and definite idea.
-We had a clear idea
-but we were also flexible.
-We wanted to work with other people
-and bring people in.
-We wanted to work with Guto Dafydd.
-That opportunity came
-and he worked a lot on the words.
-I wanted to write something
-that was singable.
-The words are simple, there's
-nothing highbrow about them.
-I hope people
-can understand them easily.
-they're memorable, I hope.
-I didn't want to create something...
-..that was too difficult
-It's a simple story about a man
-the same age as myself...
-..who was killed in battle
-before realising one of his dreams.
-I wanted to keep the story
-as simple as that.
-Guto Dafydd deserves the praise
-for the narrative and the story.
-It's not a show
-just about Hedd Wyn...
-..it's a show about the Eisteddfod,
-..and the role of the Eisteddfod,
-then and now.
-It's a general story.
-Hedd Wyn is the strand
-that runs through it.
-We're using Hedd Wyn
-to represent everyone.
-We've added as many elements
-as we can.
-We looked at the role of women
-during that time...
-..we looked at the role
-of the power brokers...
-..we looked at chapels, fairs
-and the rural community.
-We're trying to portray a picture
-of leaving rural Meirionnydd...
-..for the horror of war.
-I particularly like the song
-that opens the show - Canrif.
-It's a song about
-our attitude to the war today.
-We think about the fields of battle
-as green fields...
-..fields that now look
-neat and tidy.
-Part of the challenge for us
-was to avoid that image...
-..and return to the filth and horror
-of war where people were killed...
-..and flesh was torn from bodies.
-The music for that song confirms
-something that's important to me.
-It's a celebration, we're paying
-homage to their history...
-..by trying to understand...
-..and interpret their feelings
-at the time.
-We're trying to depict them
-as people, like you and me.
-By doing that,
-I hope we can do them some justice.
-The call was heard
-across the island.
-Over 180 Anglesey voices
-gathered together to form a choir.
-That's when the vision became alive.
-I'm looking forward
-to presenting two new songs.
-Everyone's so eager and enthusiastic
-about the music...
-..it's a pleasure to work with them.
-I'm sure they'll be excited
-about the two new songs.
-We had a great response
-for the choir.
-Everyone wanted to be
-part of the project.
-The places filled up quickly
-which was very encouraging.
-What's nice about
-the Eisteddfod choir...
-..is having a cross-section
-of ages and backgrounds.
-They're a group
-that's interested in singing...
-..but there are new members
-who want to sing.
-The generations have come together
-and it works well.
-We had a new piece today from
-the fair and it was very up tempo.
-That was very different
-and it's nice having a contrast...
-..from the melancholy to the merry.
-We heard on the first night
-the plan for the show.
-We learnt more about the show
-as more songs are introduced.
-I'm enjoying it, I didn't think I
-would at the start but I really am.
-Mari, Catrin and the team are great.
-People are excited on the island.
-Rehearsals are packed each time.
-There are many singers
-in the choir...
-..which is a reflection
-of the excitement.
-With the passing of the seasons,
-..as the Eisteddfod approaches.
-..as the Eisteddfod approaches.
-We're under pressure
-to learn the pieces and the words.
-It's getting exciting
-and it's starting to come together.
-We're getting an idea
-of how good it'll be.
-I'm still enjoying it.
-If you're feeling down, being here
-on a Saturday will lift the spirits.
-I've enjoyed myself very much
-and I'm still enjoying myself.
-What's given me
-the most enjoyment...
-..is learning about ordinary people
-who were part of history.
-It's as if the music
-has gone under our skins.
-Initially, I didn't like
-some of the music...
-..and all of a sudden,
-it grew on me.
-The songs Aled, Dafydd and Guto
-have written have grabbed us all.
-Our hope is that the audience
-will be drawn in after one go.
-They'll only hear the songs once.
-With the music taking shape,
-the creative panel were eager...
-..to include a dramatic element
-to the staging.
-Siwan Llynor has years of experience
-on stage and backstage.
-Come and sing.
-The more I researched the story...
-..the more interesting stories
-I read newspaper articles
-about the ceremony.
-There was so much information
-I wanted to share this information
-I decided that in terms
-of the spoken word...
-..I'd use historical sources...
-..by combining Hedd Wyn's poems
-with newspaper articles...
-..and also letters
-from Anglesey soldiers.
-Finding the balance between
-the entertainment and the history...
-it's such a fine line.
-You have to show respect.
-My fear is showing disrespect.
-There are moments of sadness
-during the concert...
-..but I think it's important
-to remember the sacrifice...
-..of an entire society
-a century ago.
-There are a lot of parts
-I'm looking forward to seeing.
-I'm looking forward
-to seeing Ewch A Nhw working.
-That's going to be
-a special performance.
-It's something that made us realise
-how the mothers must have felt.
-While the choir rehearses, Aled
-and Dafydd are releasing a single...
-..of the song Osian Candelas sings
-to promote the concert.
-Today, we're recording the song
-I sing in the show.
-I haven't heard a lot of it,
-Aled's only just given it to me.
-It's exciting to record it
-as a single...
-..and release it before the show.
-# Mud and blood #
-Aled asked me
-to be part of the concert.
-I thought it would be nice...
-..to be part
-of the Eisteddfod again.
-Candelas were fortunate enough...
-..to have the to pavilion gig
-with the orchestra.
-Great to be part of the Eisteddfod
-and of the opening concert.
-I think this is the largest project
-we've ever done...
-..but in some ways, we haven't
-done anything like this before.
-to recording an album.
-I'm looking forward to it.
-Today, we're working on a track
-with Osian Huw Candelas.
-Lleuwen is also part of the show.
-I'm excited about seeing them
-on the stage with the orchestra.
-I'm only singing one song
-during the show so I'm quite lucky.
-I can then sit back
-and watch the show in its entirety.
-I'm good friends
-with Aled and Dafydd.
-that they've written a show.
-I can watch Casi and Lleuwen
-performing the show...
-..alongside the choir
-and the orchestra.
-We have a lot of folk and rock
-influences in our background.
-We have a full orchestra so we've
-written the music with that in mind.
-That brings a different slant
-Paul Mealor and Grahame Davies have
-written a requiem for the middle.
-The show breaks up
-into three thematic parts.
-They've written the part
-that's in the middle.
-# Ac os ddo' i fyth yn ol
-# Bydd rhan ohona i yn dal
-i foddi yn y mwd a'r gwaed
-# Mwd a'r gwaed
-# Mwd a'r gwaed #
-Since the early days
-of the project...
-..the choral composer, Paul Mealor
-and poet Grahame Davies...
-..had been writing
-a new requiem for the concert.
-As you grow up, especially
-if you're involved in the arts...
-..or as a composer
-that sets poetry...
-..you have to be aware
-of Hedd Wyn really.
-I remember when it was
-my 30th birthday...
-..pretty close to the age
-Hedd Wyn was when he passed away...
-..it then becomes real.
-Here I am, at this particular age,
-at that point...
-..where he was when his life ended.
-It becomes poignant to you
-as an artist.
-I was asked to write the meditative
-part, the requiem.
-It's a tribute
-to Hedd Wyn specifically.
-With Grahame Davies,
-the great poet...
-..we put together
-a tribute to Hedd Wyn.
-There are different ways
-to start something like this.
-Paul had specific ideas
-about the structure of the piece.
-He wanted a requiem.
-He wanted a short requiem
-but there were parts within it...
-..he wanted to highlight
-That was the starting point.
-It begins with wine glasses
-..to give this pure,
-gentle, gorgeous chord...
-throughout the requiem...
-..as if there's something
-..even though life
-is in light and darkness.
-The mass in his piece is a part
-of a greater musical piece...
-..which has a different style.
-It has to represent something
-meditative, something still...
-..and it was an opportunity
-to look at the situation...
-..in an elevated manner
-which does justice...
-..to the grandeur of the subject.
-I wanted to create something
-that is relevant today...
-..a hundred years later.
-The children sing it - they sing
-Sanctus, Sanctus, holy, holy...
-..in the final part of it.
-It's perhaps the most moving part...
-..as we move to the final prayer
-Words are crucial to anything
-but the music itself...
-..has to give the emotion,
-has to give the heart...
-..to the words' intellect.
-It's mind and heart together...
-..to create something
-touching and poignant.
-I would like people to take away,
-particularly from the requiem...
-..it's like there is
-in all things dark...
-..there is a sense of inner light.
-I want that as a tolling bell.
-It gives you that sense of hope.
-I think I want that to be
-something that people take away.
-Even in the darkest of times,
-there is hope for light.
-I hope that people
-..the paradoxical element
-in one of the pieces...
-..of the serene wolves
-and the invincible lambs.
-People are invited to see
-the unexpected characteristics.
-That's a challenge for us all...
-..to search for
-yet challenging surroundings.
-One of the difficulties in looking
-at anything to do with war...
-..is making sure
-you don't glorify war.
-It's not about that.
-Hedd Wyn's poetry isn't about that.
-It's about the terror of it.
-It's about reminding each generation
-how we cannot do it again.
-When you engage in something
-..if you're serious about it,
-you have to get hold of the story...
-..and try and say it with as much
-power as you can as an artist...
-..we cannot do this again...
-..this terrible thing that we do
-to each other as human beings.
-From the serenity of the mass
-to daily rural life.
-Siwan Llynor wanted to highlight
-the role of chapels during the war.
-I'd done a lot of research into
-recruitment in the quarry area.
-John Williams Brynsiencyn
-was very active at that time.
-Coming from Anglesey, he was such
-an influential man during the war...
-..and we had to include the story
-of John Williams Brynsiencyn.
-He persuaded so many young men from
-Anglesey to join the war effort.
-# Felly, felly, Cymru,
-peidiwch bod yn drist
-# Dewch o'r aelwyd fach
-i blesio Iesu Grist #
-I sing Can Y Pregethwr.
-I orate a famous speech
-of his first...
-..and then we sing the song
-which is a jazzy number.
-Ministers at that time
-were the pop stars of their age.
-He convinced the young men
-to become soldiers.
-The higher the waves,
-the smoother the rock will become.
-I've just added something extra...
-..in Craig Yr Oesoedd,
-another Anglesey hymn.
-# Craig safadwy mewn tymhestloedd
-# Craig a ddeil yng ngrym y lli #
-It's nice mixing the hymn into
-John Williams Brynsiencyn's song.
-# Felly, felly, Cymru,
-peidiwch bod yn drist
-# Dewch o'r aelwyd fach
-i blesio Iesu Grist #
-The other hymn they sing,
-Bydd Myrdd O Ryfeddodau...
-..it was the hymn
-sung by the congregation...
-..after the chairing ceremony.
-# Oll yn eu gynau gwynion #
-The words, "children return
-in their white robes"...
-..it's as if every aspect
-of the chairing ceremony...
-..was meticulously planned.
-I'm not here as the director to say,
-"Look, it was all propaganda".
-I'm here to show what happened.
-I'm hoping the audience,
-at home and in the pavilion...
-..can make up their own mind.
-With less than a week to go...
-..the choir convene for the final
-time at Ysgol Y Graig, Llangefni.
-Many of the artists
-and the management panel...
-..have turned up
-for a taste of the performance.
-We started by listening
-to the community...
-..and it ends with a choir of people
-from the Eisteddfod area.
-It's come together superbly.
-I'm certain it will be a feast
-for the audience.
-It's great to see years of planning
-coming to fruition.
-It is so relevant to today.
-There's excitement now, not panic!
-There we are,
-the next step is the concert.
-We'll then have the opportunity
-to ask the crucial question...
-..A Oes Heddwch?
-S4C Subtitles by Adnod Cyf.