A Focus On Welsh Hymnody

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A Focus On Welsh Hymnody

Saturday 5th May, 2018 1:00pm

Chilwell Road Methodist Church, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1EH

Free Entry - Voluntary Donations to Charity on Exit

This exhilarating afternoon presented by the Nottingham & District Society of Organists (NDSO) held at Chilwell Road Methodist Church, Beeston focuses on the beautiful, soul touching Welsh hymn tune and Welsh music. We discover the history of the congregational hymn in the Welsh chapels as well as hear about their composers and of course the inevitable birth of the male voice choir, with live examples!

The seminar will be led by NDSO members Derek Wileman, David Gabe and Denis Littleton with our guest Rick Morrish and affords the chance to hear the excellent Wadsworth & Bro. pipe organ found here in fine condition.

The final part of our day provides an opportunity for us all to sing along to the most famous of the Welsh hymn tunes we have discovered with the joint choirs of Chilwell Road, St John’s Beeston and St Mary’s Attenborough conducted by Chris Bridges and with English/Welsh introductions by Howell Price. Other choirs, choristers and Male Voice Choirs are most welcome to take part in the ‘massed choir’!

Proceeds from the voluntary collection to Tenovus Cancer Care (Welsh charity) and the Organist Benevolent Fund.

Beeston Chilwell Road Methodist Church
Chilwell Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 1EH
Beeston Organ

The excellent Wadsworth & Bro. pipe organ

Contact NDSO:

Denis Littleton:
0177 3746 890 denis.littleton@sky.com

Ian Watts:
0115 963 7647 ianctms@gmail.com

Cwm Rhondda plaque Hopkinstown Capel
Hopkinstown Capel, where CWM ROHNDDA was first performed.


1:00pm - 1:15pm: The Introduction:
A Short Presidential Welcome and opening Welsh Organ Voluntary by Denis Littleton

1:15pm - 2:15pm: The Seminar:
Derek Wileman - The birth of the hymn in Welsh Culture.
David Gabe/Denis Littleton - The Hymns, their Composers and other Welsh Music with musical excerpts.
Rick Morrish - The Birth of The Male Voice Choir with Gwahoddiad and Morte Criste sung by Male Voices.

2:15pm - 2:45pm: The Organ / Interval:
Tea and Coffee Break during which NDSO members try the Wadsworth & Bro. pipe organ with ‘Welsh Music’.

2:45pm - 4:00pm: The ‘Big Welsh Sing’:
NDSO members accompany Chris Bridges conducting the ‘Chilwell Road Singers’ and friends on Welsh Hymns:
Gwahoddiad - Morte Criste - Hyfrydol - Calon Lån - Ash Grove Blaenwern - Penlan - St Denio - Aberystwyth - Ar Hyd y Nos - Rachie
Bryn Myrddin - Llanfair - Cwm Rhondda

Programme subject to change

William Penfro Rowlands
William Penfro Rowlands
composer of Blaenwern