Llyn Peninsula

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Duration: 35 minutes

Sally Magnusson travels along the Llyn Peninsula, one of Britain's oldest and most scenic pilgrimage routes. She explores ancient churches, a holy well, and ends her journey on Bardsey Island.

The hymns, sung by the Fron Male Voice Choir and the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir, include Guide me O thou great Redeemer, For all the saints and Abide with me.

Music Played

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    The Fron Male Voice Choir Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

    Tune: Cwm Rhondda Music: John Hughes (1873-1932) Words: William Williams (1717-91) and Peter Williams (1727-96) and others Conductor: Ann Atkinson

  • Image for The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir.

    The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir. For All The Saints

    Tune: Sine Nomine Music: R. Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Arranged By: David Ogden, especially for Songs of Praise. Not available commercially Words: W. W. How (1823-97) Conductor: David Ogden Organist: Daniel Moult Taken from Songs of Praise Hymn Book #199

  • Image for The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir.

    The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir. Put All Your Trust In God

    Tune: Diademata Music: George J. Elvey (1816-93) Arranged By: David Ogden, especially for Songs of Praise. Not available commercially Words: Paul Gerhardt (1607-76) adapted from John Wesley Conductor: David Ogden Organist: Daniel Moult

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    The Fron Male Voice Choir When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

    Tune: Morte Criste Music: Emrys Jones Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748) Conductor: Ann Atkinson

  • Image for The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir.

    The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir. Breathe On Me, Breath of God

    Tune: Carlisle Music: Charles Lockhart (1745-1815) Arranged By: David Ogden, especially for Songs of Praise. Not available commercially Words: Edwin Hatch (1835-89) altd. Conductor: David Organ Organ: Daniel Moult Harpist: Eira Lynn Jones Taken from Songs of Praise Hymn Book # 160

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    The Fron Male Voice Choir Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory (Battle Hymn of the Republic)

    Tune: Battle Hymn Music: Melody attrib. William Steffe (c.1850) Words: Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) Conductor: Ann Atkinson

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    The Fron Male Voice Choir Abide With Me

    Tune: Eventide Music: W. H. Monk (1823-89) Words: H. F. Lyte (1793-1847) Conductor: Ann Atkinson

  • Image for The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir.

    The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir. A Gaelic Blessing (Deep Peace of the Running Wave to You)

    Words: Adapted from an old Gaelic Rune Music: John Rutter Arranged By: David Ogden, especially for Songs of Praise. Not available commercially Organist: Daniel Moult Harpist: Eira Lynn Jones

  • Image for Derw Bach.

    Derw Bach. Welsh Triple Harps

    Arranged By: Mair Dobson, based on an original idea by Robin Huw Bowen Clychau Caerfyrddin (The Bells of Carmarthen) into Clychau Llanfyllin (The Bells of Llanfyllin)

  • Factsheet for Sunday 20th September

    Presented by Sally Magnusson

  • Interviews

  • CANON ANDREW JONES

    Canon Jones is Rector of Llanbedrog and Rural Dean of Llyn and Eifionydd and author of ‘Every Pilgrim's Guide to Celtic Britain and Ireland’, published by Canterbury Press. He talks about the Llyn in the sixth century as a centre of religious activity and about Saint Beuno, generally regarded as the patron saint of north Wales. He talks of how Bardsey was given the name ‘island of Resurrection’ by the 12th century poet Meilyr Brydydd and how contemporary pilgrims still find new life and rejuvenation there.

  • THE REV. SUSIE WILLIAMS

    Susie explains the tradition of laying rushes and medicinal herbs on the floor at St Beuno’s Church in Pistyll, which has its origins in the celebration of Lammas Day, a thanksgiving for the first of the harvest. The herbs have antibacterial qualities and Susie explains the physical and spiritual healing effect on both early and modern pilgrims.

  • SISTER THERESA MARGARET

    Sister Theresa is a member of the order of the Sisters of the Holy Name but lives as a hermit on the peninsula. She is also a well known icon painter and her icons are displayed in several churches on the Llyn including St Gwynhoedl’s at Llangwnnadl. She talks of how she painted Gwynhoedl according to his nickname ‘Life of Light’ and how she tries through her icons to reflect the movement of the Holy Spirit.

  • THE REV. JIM COTTER

    Jim is Priest-in-charge of St Hywyn’s Church at Aberdaron. He talks to Sally about the theme of pilgrimage, why the Llyn Peninsula became such a significant pilgrimage route for ealry missionary monks and why, even today, it is a place where modern pilgrims can examine the 'big questions'.

  • JOANNA & STEVE PORTER

    Joanna and Steve are originally from Conwy, North Wales but felt a calling to go and live on Bardsey Island, a place they had often visited. They are the only family who live on Bardsey all year round. Whilst Steve looks after the farm at Ty Pellaf Joanna works for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. With few neighbours, no shops, schools or electricity they talk about their decision and how they have discovered more of God in Bardsey’s landscape

  • Locations

    Interview with Canon Andrew Jones
    ST PEDROG’S CHURCH, LLANBEDROG

    Interview with the Rev. Susie Williams
    ST BEUNO’S CHURCH, PISTYLL

    Interview with the Rev. Jim Cotter
    ST HYWYN’S CHURCH, ABERDARON

    Interview with Joanna & Steve Porter
    BARDSEY ISLAND
    Bardsey is a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest and is run by the Bardsey Island Trust.
    www.enlli.org
    The island is open to visitors, depending on the weather. Colin Evans runs the boat to Bardsey.
    www.bardseyboattrips.com

    Welsh Triple Harps and St Gwynhoedl Icon
    ST GWYNHOEDL’S CHURCH, LLANGWNNADL

    General filming and presenter links:-
    MYNYDD RHIW (National Trust)
    MYNYDD MAWR (National Trust)
    ST CYBI’S WELL, LLANGYBI
    NANT GWRTHEYRN
    PORTH MEUDWY

    ‘Fron Male Voice Choir at:-
    ST ASPAH CATHEDRAL, High Street, St. Asaph, LL17 0RD
    Tel: 01745 582245
    www.stasaphcathedral.org.uk
    The Royal School of Church Music Millennium Youth Choir at:-
    CHESTER CATHEDRAL, 12 Abbey Square, Chester, CH1 2HU
    Tel: 01244 324756
    www.chestercathedral.com

Credits

Presenter
Sally Magnusson
Producer
Garry Boon
Executive Producer
Tommy Nagra

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