HALF A CENTURY OF SONGS FOR WALES

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Cambrian News photographer - Former winner of Cân i Gymru, Elin Fflur will be co-presenting the 50th anniversary edition of the iconic programme

Margaret Williams, Bryn Fôn, Caryl Parry Jones, Elin Fflur – all are giants of the Welsh entertainment industry and all have won the coveted Cân i Gymru (Song for Wales) trophy over the past half a century.

Cambrian News reported “This iconic Welsh television programme will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in March and organisers are gearing up for a very special event.

Cân i Gymru 2019 will be launched on Friday, 2 November, live on S4C’s Henoprogramme from the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which will be the venue for next year’s competition.

Elin Fflur – co-presenter and former winner of Cân i Gymru will be talking about the 2019 competition and encouraging singers and composers to compose a very special song to celebrate 50 years of this popular programme.

“Cân i Gymru is a huge event and the 50th anniversary celebrations will make it more special than ever,” said Elin, who won the competition in 2002 with the song Harbwr Diogel.

“I have heard about lots of people having Cân i Gymru parties, which is great.

“And, of course, people love to tweet and follow along on Twitter during the event.

“Cân i Gymru has changed and adapted over the years to suit its audience and the popularity of the show is obvious with more competitors than ever taking part in the show – that is why the show has been so successful.

“I definitely think we’ll be celebrating 100 years of Cân i Gymru!”

There will be another well-known former winner taking part in the show on the night – Ryland Teifi, who won the competition in 2006 with the song Lili’r Nos.

Ryland will be singing the song once again, live from the Heno studio in Llanelli.

Siôn Llwyd from Avanti, who will be producing Cân i Gymru on behalf of S4C is promising a very special celebration for the 50th anniversary.

“We are preparing a documentary to broadcast the night before Cân i Gymru, which this year takes place on Friday, 1 March.

“We will be interviewing several people who have won the show in the past.

“We will be talking to fans – those who love Cân i Gymru, but also to those who have maybe been a bit critical of the show over the years.

“We will be looking at the history of the competition – the original intention by Dr Meredydd Evans was to get Wales into Eurovision. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out, but the competition has continued and is as popular as ever.”

The closing date for Cân i Gymru 2019 is 4 January at 5pm” here.

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