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Bryn Terfel

Songs of Inspiration 2005 was introduced by none other than Aled Jones of Anglesey. The show was recorded for TV’s ‘Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Ganmol’ and ‘Songs of Praise’.

Performing were:

Bryn Terfel, Aled Jones, Katherine Jenkins, Catrin Finch, The Serendipity Choir, Symphonia Cymru and Ysgol Glanaethwy. The orchestral conductor was Grant Llywelyn with Alwyn Humphries conducting the singing.

Katherine Jenkins

Bryn Terfel started the proceedings with two hymns, ‘Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer’ and ‘Mor Fawr Wyt Ti’.

Next was Katherine Jenkins with three songs, including a very impressive version of ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’.

Aled Jones then took to centre stage and sang ‘Love Divine’ with the Welsh Choir of the Year 2005, The Serendipity Choir.  Harpist Catrin Finch then joined him on stage for a rendition of ‘Ar Hyd y Nos’, followed by a harp solo from Catrin.

Aled Jones

The Ysgol Glanaethwy Choir led by Rhian Roberts sang a composition by Einion Dafydd which commemorated the life of Gethin Rhys a choir member who passed away three years ago. ‘I Gyfaillgarwch’. Bryn’s son Tomos also sang in the choir.

Over 7,000 audience members joined in with all the performers to sing ‘I Bob Un Sy’n Ffyddlon’

A short 15 min. interval followed.

Catrin Finch

The second part of the show started with ‘Gweddi Dros Gymru’ sang by all, and one of Aled’s favourite Hymns  ‘Mi Glywaf Dyner Lais’ which he sang with the audience.

Katherine Jenkins then gave the audience a rendition of the classic ‘Ave Maria’.

The Serendipity Choir sang acapella ‘Rho I’m Iesu’

The audience were then treated to a variety of hymns including duets from the performers.


The night closed with everybody singing in unison  ‘Calon Lan’ followed by a second helping of ‘I Bob Un Sy’n Ffyddlon’ and ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’.


A spectacular firework display served as the grand finale to a wonderful evening of inspiration.

by Meriel Edwards


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