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Gwyneth Glyn

The poet and singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn talks to Michael Berkeley about the music she loves from Wales and around the world.

The poet and singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn talks to Michael Berkeley about the music she loves from Wales and around the world.

Gwyneth has been described as a poet among singers and a singer among poets. She's also a television script writer, a playwright and a children's author, having won the Crown at the Urdd Eisteddfod aged 18, and going on to be appointed Wales' National Poet Laureate for Children in 2006, the year she also won Best Female Artist in the Radio Cymru Rock and Pop Awards. Brought up in a Welsh speaking household, she's a passionate advocate of the language both within Wales and internationally.

Gwyneth talks to Michael about writing a libretto for the first ever Welsh language opera, growing up in a rural Welsh-speaking community, and the pleasures and challenges of passing the language on to the next generation.

She chooses music from her collaboration with Indian ghazal singer Tauseef Akhtar, as well as music by Tippett, Welsh folk hero Meredydd Evans, Rimsky Korsakov and Tchaikovsky.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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36 minutes

Last on

Sun 18 Mar 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Guto Puw

    Torri'r garreg - Overture

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Guto Puw.
  • Michael Tippett

    Concerto for Double String Orchestra (2nd mvt)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Sea and Sinbad's Ship (Scheherazade)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
  • Traditional

    Y cariad cyntaf

    Singer: Meredydd Evans.
  • Traditional

    Teri Aankhon Mein (Seren Syw)

    Singer: Tahseef Akhbar. Singer: Gwyneth Gwyn.
  • Traditional

    Woh dil hi kya

    Singer: Jagjit Singh.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Cherubic Hymn (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom)

    Choir: State Chamber Choir of Moscow Conservatory. Conductor: Valery Kuzmich Polyansky.
  • Elizabeth Poston

    Jesus Christ the Apple Tree

    Singer: Aled Jones. Choir: BBC Welsh Chamber Choir.

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