Hymn-tune CD

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cd emynau weAs congregations dwindle, chapels and churches often find themselves without an organist to accompany the hymn singing in services. A new CD being launched at the National Eisteddfod at Meifod next week will be an invaluable resource for them. It includes 50 well-know hymn tunes played by one of Wales’ foremost organists, and a handbook listing hundreds of hymns that can be sung to the music. Many people may enjoy singing along to the hymns at home or in the car – a kind of Christian karaoke!

The hymns were played on the organ at Y Tabernacl Welsh Baptist chapel, The Hayes, Cardiff by Rob Nicholls. The project was co-ordinated by Gwawr Owen, based on an idea by the Revd Carys Ann and her husband Maldwyn. The CD and handbook will be available at the churches’ pavilion on the Eisteddfod Maes or from the Union of Welsh Independents’ office at Swansea.

“This is a very exciting and useful product,” said the Union’s General Secretary, Dr Geraint Tudur. “As well as being a valuable resource for chapel services, the CD can be used in the home and the car, in schools and residential homes. It’s a great marriage of technology and tradition. I admire the concept, the work and the enthusiasm that’s gone into this project.”

INVITATION: You are cordially invited to attend the official launch at the Churches’ Pavilion at 2.00, FRIDAY 7 AUGUST. Côr Caerdydd will be present to sing along with the CD.

The organist: Originally from Penclawdd near Swansea, Robert Nicholls is a well-known conductor and organist, having conducted the National Australian Cymanfa Ganu on four occasions, a regular official organist at the National Eisteddfod, and a guest organist at the London Welsh Festival of Male Voice Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall.

The CD and Handbook (price: £16) will be sold at the Churches’ Pavilion at the National Eisteddfod all week, and afterwards from the Union of Welsh Independents’ office at Tŷ John Penri, 5 Axis Court, Riverside Business Park, Swansea Vale, Swansea SA7 0AJ undeb@annibynwyr.org   01792 795888