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19th January 2008

There was a musical finale to a Big Welsh Challenge afternoon of entertainment for more than 50 Welsh learners from North Wales who stopped off at the BBC in Cardiff during a weekend trip to the city.

Pobol y Cwm tour
A rainy tour of the Pobol y Cwm set with Gillian Elisa

After a quick taste of BBC canteen food, the visitors were guided around the Pobol y Cwm set by actress Gillian Elisa. They also had a tour of the main TV news studio and a talk from Newyddion and Radio Cymru presenter Garry Owen.

TV news studio
Garry Owen shows the learners the TV news studio

The visitors were then encouraged to exercise their vocal cords with Lyndon Davies from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales chorus. After a short warm up, they still had enough energy for an enthusiastic rendition of the National Anthem, Calon Lân and Sosban Fach.

Vocal exercises
The visitors warm up their voices with Lyndon Davies

"It was really enjoyable," said one of the learners, Alison Morgan. "It was interesting to look around. I've been learning Welsh on and off for quite a few years and I didn't understand everything but I certainly got the gist of the talks, and the singing session was brilliant."

Stuart Irvine from Bethesda agreed it had been well worth the coach trip. "It was a great experience and the welcome was fantastic," he said. "I learnt a lot about what goes on at the BBC and I enjoyed seeing how Pobol y Cwm is put together. And of course the singing gave us a lot of fun!"

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