The inspiration for our first ever Global Peace Message comes from a determination to continue on with the Eisteddfod’s original aim to promote lasting peace in the world. Back in 1947 the Eisteddfod’s intention was to provide a means of healing the wounds of the Second World War. And now in 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, a most turbulent time in our history, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod will once again make the call for peace through a specially commissioned poem, Harmoni a Heddwch, by Mererid Hopwood.
Harmoni a Heddwch
Dy lais di, fy llais i,
Byd gwâr yw ein byd o gân.
Hwn yw fy llais,
Estynnaf bob sillaf atat ti,
Drwy oriau’r dydd,
Drwy oriau’r nos,
Waeth ble’r wyt ti –
Cymer fy nodau. Wnei di? A gyda’n gilydd cawn greu
Harmoni … a heddwch.
Your voice, my voice,
Byd gwâr yw ein byd o gân
Hear this, hear my voice,
Every syllable is yours,
Dawn to dusk,
Dusk to dawn,
Wherever you are,
Catch it. Will you? And together we’ll make
Mererid Hopwood, 2020.
Mererid Hopwood is a Welsh poet, who in 2001 became the first woman ever to win the bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the Crown in 2003 and the Prose Medal in 2008. She was the Bardd Plant (Children’s Poet) in 2005. Nes Draw, her first collection of poetry won the 2016 Wales Book of the Year Welsh Poetry category and was selected to the Wales Literature Exchange 2016 Bookcase. She is currently Professor of Languages and the Welsh Curriculum at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
The Global Peace Message will be performed in relay and also feature the first performance of a new piece of music, sung by Wrexham soprano, Elan Catrin Parry, with words by Mererid Hopwood and music by Edward-Rhys Harry, as well as a message of peace from Eisteddfod President Terry Waite.
Watch the Global Peace Message
With special thanks to;
Elan Catrin Parry
Terry Waite, CBE
Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE, DL
Jools Holland, OBE, DL
Sir Bryn Terfel, CBE
London Welsh Male Voice Choir
Amy Davies and the children from St Giles School Wrexham
Linda Davies and the children from Ysgol Rhostyllen
Amanda Edwards and the children from Ysgol Dinas Bran
Denbighshire County Council
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