Yorkshire and the N E of England Cymanfa Ganu 20 May 2023 - Morley, Leeds

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The 2018 Yorkshire and the N.E. of England Cymanfa Ganu - Hymn-Singing Festival will be held at Lindley Methodist Church, East St., Lindley, Huddersfield HD3 3ND on Saturday 12th May 2018 at 2.00. There are two services/singing sessions: 2.00 - 3.30 and 4.45 to 6.30. You are welcome to come to either or both. Bring your singing voice with you! Tea and coffee are served at 3.30 and again at 6.30 but bring sandwiches etc. if you think you’ll get peckish.

The Cymanfa Ganu is a Welsh chapel tradition started in the 19th century and continuing today. It is also strong in other countries with large enough ex-pat populations.

The leader of worship and singing this year is the Rev. Philip Barnett, from Y Bala originally, and the organ will be played by Trystan Lewis, proprietor of the Welsh language bookshop in Llandudno, a well-known choir leader and musician of high standing in Wales, who also often leads Cymanfaoedd Canu in England.

Popular hymns, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, are sung by YOU, the congregation, in Welsh, with the odd verse or occasional complete hymn in English. There are readings, prayers and a commentary on the hymns, plus the odd funny story, all in Welsh and English. A collection is taken in each session. If you have not been before, give it a try. Lindley Methodist Church is a beautiful Grade II listed building designed by Edgar Wood, the Manchester architect in the 19th century Arts and Crafts movement. It has good acoustics and a pipe organ, plus beautiful stained glass. Lindley is a 25 minute bus ride on the 370, 371 or 372 bus from Westgate near Huddersfield’s main railway station. Parking will probably be available in the car parks of two schools across the road from the church. Reply to this posting if you would like further information.

Dewch i ganu! Croeso cynnes i bawb.


Yorkshire and the N E of England Cymanfa Ganu 20 May 2023 Morley, Leeds

This year’s Cymanfa Ganu / Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival will be held on Saturday 20th May 2023 at the Central Methodist Church, Wesley Street, Morley, nr. Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS27 9EE
The session will begin at 2.00 and continue until 4.00, followed by refreshments. The singing will be led in Welsh and English by Yvonne Robert, international soprano, originally from Prestatyn, and Keith Webster will play the organ. Following Covid it was decided to limit the event to one singing session only, so it will finish at 5.00 p.m. - ish. There will be a collection to ensure the continuation of the Cymanfa. Hymn books may be borrowed or bought at the door. New speakers of Welsh welcome! Dowch yn llu!

Eileen Walker


I attended this uplifting event today. This was my second Cymanfa Ganu. I definitely recommend it for the thrill of four part singing in the beautiful Welsh language and the great spiritual uplift it provided. Great acoustics in Morley Central Methodist Church. Looking forward to the next one!

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Is there one in 2024?

Hello Everybody, hello andyjone,

The Yorkshire and the North East of England Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival, the Cymanfa Ganu,
Saturday 11th May 2024, from 2.00-4.30 p.m. at Wesley Methodist Church, Oxford St., Harrogate, HG1 1PP
Once again we are looking forward to the Welsh Hymn-Singing Festival. Please could you find a prominent place to display our poster in your town; a chapel, a church, a library, or an information centre for example. You might contact your local newspaper or radio station; they are always interested in including unusual items
in their “What’s On” slots.
Rev. Philip Barnett, originally from Wrexham, will be leading the singing and Carey Williams from Bala will be at the organ. As was the case last year the Cymanfa will take place in a single session, with tea, coffee and
biscuits afterwards: a welcome opportunity to greet old friends and make new ones.
Car parking is available nearby. The railway and bus stations are within easy walking distance.
Bring your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you in May.

Cofion gorau, Eileen Walker