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17/10/2020

Commission to celebrate centenary of the Church in Wales

The  North Wales International Music Festival in St Asaph featured the premiere of a new work by Paul Mealor, with words by Grahame Davies commissioned to celebrate the centenary of the Church in Wales.   

Due to the pandemic, the festival this year was held in a virtual form, without audiences and with distanced performances by artists in the cathedral at St Asaph.

Grahame Davies took part with Paul Mealor and the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Rev Gregory Cameron, in a podcast to discuss creativity which featured the new choral piece, 'O Beata Trinitas', Mealor a Davies were commissioned to compose to celebrate the centenary of teh Disestablishment of the Church in Wales.  It was performed by the ensemble Voce. The podcast can be seen here

Here are the words:

O Beata Trinitas:

O beata Trinitas:
the earth, the rainfall and the grass.
bless this land through which we pass,
O beata Trinitas.

Drindod Sanctaidd ddiwah‚n:
gair a llais a cherdd ein c‚n,
dyro’th ras drwy’n henaith l‚n,
Drindod Sanctaidd ddiwah‚n.

Holy blessed Trinity:
the well, the river and the sea,
guide us to the mystery,
holy blessed Trinity.

In addition, Grahame Davies took part in a poetry reading with Aled Lewis Evans, another Wrexham poet, in which they chose favourite pieces of music. The reading can be seen here.

Mealor, Davies & Bishop Gregory Cameron

Y darlleniad yng Nghadeirlan Llanelwy

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