Wherever you are in the world, join us and celebrate our national day. No previous knowledge of Welshness is required! Choose a random act and share it on social media tagging #RandomActsofWelshness and @Walesdotcom
And they have a variety of suggestions for you, as well as information behind some of the Welsh traditions. Take a look!
COVENTRY - As well as the celebration on March 1st in the Old Windmill (community singing with guest tenor soloist Geraint Roberts, starts 7.30pm) we have also heard that there from Father Edward Le Brun Powell (sounds like a man of many nationalities) that there will be a bilingual service for St David on St David’s Day at 12noon at St Mary Magdalen Church, Chapelfields, Coventry (the church with the blue roof). All welcome.
Today, I’m celebrating not only Dydd Gwyl Dewi, but also, coincidentally, my timely completion of Level 3. Learning a few songs can be a great way to learn a language. I thought the national anthem would be a good place to start. To help me with ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’, I’ve combined it with another of my hobbies (digital 3D modelling) and made myself a harp-playing red dragon. A big thank you to everyone in the SSIW Team for this great language course. I hope you enjoy the little video. Feel free to sing along. https://youtu.be/_h3hqBFB4rs
Hello Deborah, This year, on 1 March, the BBC website did quite a big splash on a new arrangement by Robat Arwyn of the old national funeral hymn of Wales ‘Bydd Myrdd o Ryfeddodau’ which also has interesting connections with a murder which took place in Patagonia in 1884. The new piece was premiered by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir at their St David’s Day 2023 celebration. I don’t think their description of the original composition as a ‘long lost hymn’ is completely true as it’s in my brother’s copy of ‘Y Caniedydd’ for a start as well as in other Welsh hymn books. I think it’s more a case of its being rarely sung or heard these days. So, to help save it from disappearing completely, I recorded the first verse on this short video and also had a go at a translation (click on link below). Mwynhewch!