Date: November 2016

1. MABINOGI by Héctor Macdonald; words by Mererid Hopwood
Twelve songs for female voices, based on the most famous collections of ancient Welsh myths and legends, the Mabinogi. It was first performed as a complete work in 2007 by Ysgol Gerdd Ceredigion, conducted by Islwyn Evans.
It can be performed as one complete work, but the individual songs can be performed on their own.
Hector Macdonald is a native of Gaiman in the Welsh colony of Patagonia, Argentina. Mererid Hopwood is one of Wales’s most accomplished poets.

2. CANEUON TIR A MÔR (Songs of Land and Sea) by Catrin Angharad Jones.
Catrin is a succesful conductor of three choirs on Anglesey; she is also a teacher and singer. For the folk choir competitions of various eisteddfodau over the years, she has been composing arrangements of Welsh folk songs for her choirs. These have now been collected in two separate volumes - one for male voices and the other for female voices.

Cariad Cyntaf (First Love) - an arrangement of the well known folk song for SATB voices
A Ei Di’r Deryn Du? (Will you go, Blackbird?) - an arrangement of the well known folk song for TTBB voices
Rise Up, O Men of God - an arrangement of the Welsh hymn tune ‘Capel Tygwydd’ by David Jenkins, for TTBB voices

Brian Hughes, a native of Rhosllannerchrugog near Wrexham, is one of the foremost choral composers living in Wales today. His works are performed regularly by both amateur and professional groups.

4. CEILIOG FFESANT (Male Pheasant) by Mared Emlyn; words by J. M. Edwards
A composition for TTBB voices by the composer and harpist Mared Emlyn. Her success as a young composer has been remarkable. Her work for orchestra ‘Whistling Sands’ was played in 2016 by the Welsh BBC Orchestra and was broadcast on Radio 3.

5. THREE NEW COMPOSITIONS by Gareth Hughes Jones
Mawl yr Hedydd (Ode to a Skylark); words by Myrddin ap Dafydd, for TTBB voices
Cofio (Remembering); words by Waldo Williams, for TTBB voices
Chwilio (Searching); words by W. Rhys Nicholas, for TTBB voices

Three additions to the pieces published recently by Gareth (see below).

6. SOLOS by Brahms.
For the Bridgend National Urdd Eisteddfod in 2017, a number of solos by Brahms have been set for the Solo 19-25 age group competition. Two of those solos have already been published by Gwynn: ‘Nosgan Serch’ (Ständchen) and ‘Cân Saphig’ (Sapphische Ode); the two new solos now published are ‘Hwyr o Haf’ (Sommerabend, in Bb a G) - Welsh words by Alan Llwyd, and ‘Am Gariad Tragwyddol’ (Von Ewiger Libe, in C♯ minor and B minor) - Welsh words by John Stoddart.

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