First of all, returning to school did not prove to be such a daunting prospect. On arrival at St David’s College, Llandudno, for the college eisteddfod, we received a heartfelt, enthusiastic welcome.
College Eisteddfod Guests of Honour
We are the guests of honour. This year is significant. The college celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
The Rev. Tim Hall said that the ambition was to have a Welsh Male Voice Choir take part in the annual College Eisteddfod.
Finally, they had achieved their aim.
Consequently, it was a privilege to be present to receive the approval of the audience. The atmosphere was electric.
This Eisteddfod was to be special.
Most of all, there were musical presentations from many college groups. In a multitude of languages.
These included instrumental items, including the harp and brass instruments.
Also there were individual recitations in a variety of languages. Each item well received by the appreciative and enthusiastic audience.
Martin Daws, Young People’s Laureate
Young People’s Laureate Martin Daws, was another guest of honour. He presented certificates to students for various achievements.
Martin also performed some of his poetry. This involved mass audience participation. The audience loved it.
His engaging, effervescent style brought the house down.
Ex-pupil Gavin Mort on guitar joined Martin to perform a plaintive and emotional song.
See a part of Martin’s performance and some other items below.
The audience was now buzzing.
Our musical items started with ‘Myfanwy.‘ Joseph Parry’s eternal romantic favourite. Then ‘You Raise Me Up’ and ‘The Welsh Trilogy’, comprising ‘Ar Hyd y Nos,’ ‘Dafydd y Garreg Wen,’ and ‘Sospan Fach.’ Our contribution was well received.
College Eisteddfod Finale
In conclusion, the congregation sang the Welsh national anthem, ‘Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.’
It brought the especially relevant College Eisteddfod to a rousing finale.
We led the congregation out of the Hall. With the vociferous and prolonged applause still ringing in our ears.
Furthermore, the students then escorted us to lunch. This completed an inspiring and memorable event.
Most of all, it was a pleasure to be part of your wonderful eisteddfod.
Thank you St David’s College for the invitation.