Pendine Arts & Community Trust, is delighted to sponsor Carols from Llandudno. Proprietor Mario Kreft MBE said: “We know that music enriches lives and never more so than at Christmas. We are passionate about supporting the community and the arts, in all its glorious forms, working with over 30 arts organisations to do so”. At Pendine Park people benefit from the arts with award-winning Musicians and Artists in Residence and music sessions with the renowned Halle orchestra and the Welsh National Opera’s Singing Doctors. Residents also perform in music workshops with the Halle and local school children at Llangollen Eisteddfod. “We believe a life, well lived, is enriched by our connections, families and friendships, fulfilled by lifelong learning and supported by caring communities. We are passionate about enriching lives across the generations” added Mario.
“We’re delighted to be supporting Carols from Llandudno and look forward to being part of this fantastic event, raising important funds for Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice. Our power station on Anglesey will be part of the community for the next 100 years and we’re working hard to build relationships with communities across North Wales.”
Host: Nia Roberts
Gruffydd Wyn Roberts
Gruffydd, 22-year-old opera singer from Anglesey starred in Britain’s Got Talent, coming 4 place overall in the grand final.
Around 1,000 people gathered at Amlwch Port yto support Gruff and watch the final on a big screen. He performed Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli’s Perfect Symphony in Italian.
Judge Amanda Holden said Gruffydd Wyn reminded her of Paul Potts, the first ever Britain’s Got Talent winner.
We are looking forward to welcoming Gruff to Carols from Llandudno this year.
“I’m delighted to be coming back to Llandudno. The carol concert is such a heart-warming event, that gets the festive feeling going, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to sing some of our Christmas favourites. I’m looking forward to the sparkly lights, the magical music, and the happy glow of celebrating all together.”
Elin Manahan Thomas is one of the most versatile sopranos of her generation. Since releasing her début album ‘Eternal Light’ in 2007, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, and with leading orchestras and conductors. Perhaps most famously known for her performances of baroque masterpieces, Elin is equally at home performing classical and contemporary works.
Elin has performed across Europe at major venues and festivals, including: the Edinburgh festival, St John’s Smith Square, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Casa de Musica in Porto, Zurich Tonhalle, and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2008 Elin gave the World Première of Sir John Tavener’s Requiem in Liverpool Cathedral (also recorded for EMI), and later premiered his Love Duet at the Manchester International Festival in 2013. Elin sang in the premiere of Karl Jenkin’s ‘Cantata Memoria’ in October 2016, written to commemorate the Aberfan disaster 50 years earlier; the piece was also released on Deutsche Gramophon records. In May 2018 she was honoured to perform at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Her recordings range from the renaissance to Handel to Elgar and beyond, and 2016 saw the release of a CD of songs by Morfydd Llwyn Owen (previously unrecorded) for Ty Cerdd, and Karl Jenkins’ Cantata Aberfan for Deutsche Gramophon, alongside Bryn Terfel. Summer 2018 saw the release of an album of songs by Welsh composer/pianist Dilys Edwards (‘Mae hiraeth yn y môr’/Ty Cerdd), in celebration of Edwards’ birth centenary year.
In addition to her singing and presenting, Elin is a passionate advocate of music education, and is an ambassador for Sing Up. She has led choral workshops with Eric Whitacre, masterclasses at RWCMD, University of Oxford, children’s concerts with LPO and OAE, and children’s operas with Children’s Music Workshop. Elin is an Honorary Fellow at RWCMD, and at the Universities of Swansea and Bangor.
Ysgol Tryfan Jazz Band
Ysgol Tryfan jazz band have been an established band for a number of years. They perform traditional, standard jazz numbers as well as popular music in a jazz style. The success of the band reached an all-time high during 2018 when the band was crowned the finest youth band in Wales in two national competitions. The band gained first prize in the Urdd National Eisteddfod in May having previously been victorious in the S4C televised Band Cymru event having presented a visual and musical programme of the highest standard.
Fy enw i ydi Misha Elin Parry, rwyf yn 11 oed ac yn byw yn Penysarn. Canu yw fy hoff beth i neud ac dyna lle dwi’n treimlo hapusach. Dwi wedi cymeryd rhan mewn lot o cystadleuthau eisteddfod yn canu ar ben fy hyn ac hefyd mewn grwp. Cyrhaeddais y feinal mewn cystadleuaeth Open Mic UK yn 2017 ac hefyd blwyddyn yma roeddwn yn lwcus i cyrraedd y 6 olaf yn ‘juniour eurovision’ ac wedi cael lot o profiadau ar hyd y siwrne.
Rydw i yn teimlo’n ddiolchgar iawn fy mod i wedi cael ei ofyn I perfformio yn y cyngerdd nadolig yma ac yn hapus fod y pres a codwyd o’r ticedi yn mynd tuag at elusen ‘Ty Gobaith, elusen sydd yn mor pwysig. Rydw i yn edrych ymlaen at y noson ac i fod yn canu ar y llwyfan unwaith eto.
My name is Misha Elin Parry, I am 11 years old and I live in Penysrn. I feel the happiest when I sing. I have competed in the eisteddfod many times singing on my own and part of a group. I reached the final of the open mic UK in 2017 and also reached the final 6 of the junior Eurovision this year, I was very lucky to be part of it and gained many experiences that I will never forget.
I feel very thankful to be asked to perform at this festive concert and very happy to be a part of an evening where money is being raised for a very important charity, ‘Ty Gobaith’ . I am very excited to be singing on the stage once again.
Manw Robin is fourteen years old and comes from Rhostryfan, Gwynedd. She is starting to make a name for herself as a performer both in Wales, the UK and worldwide. In November she was selected as Wales’ first ever representative at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Minsk, Belarus singing PERTA by Ywain Gwynedd. “ It was an honour for me to sing in Welsh and represent my country in front of a worldwide audience. I had an amazing experience!”
Manw has been singing and dancing ever since she could walk! She has competed regularly in local, Urdd and National eisteddfodau gaining success in solo singing, dancing, acting, recitation and group dramatic and ensemble performances. She appeared as Young Cosette in the 2015 Urdd production of ‘Les Misérables’ at the Wales’ Milennium Centre, was fortunate enough to perform at the Queen’s Theatre, in London’s West End and competed with Côr Glanaethwy in BGT.
Over the years she has appeared as Awen in the film, ‘ The Secret Book of Kells’, has sung on numerous cartoons and currently appears as Fflamia ( Marshall) in the Welsh version of Paw Patrol! She thoroughly enjoys long distance running, skiing and going on beach walks with her dogs, but acting, singing and dancing takes up most of her time at the moment.
Merch bedair ar ddeg oed o Rostryfan, Gwynedd yw Manw Robin. Mae’n dechrau gwneud enw iddi ei hun fel perfformwraig ifanc o Gymru. Ym mis Tachwedd eleni fe’i dewiswyd i gynrychioli Cymru am y tro cyntaf erioed yn y Junior Eurovision Song Contest ym Minsk, Belarus yn canu PERTA gan Ywain Gwynedd. “ Roedd hi’n fraint enfawr i mi gynrychioli Cymru a chanu yn Gymraeg ar lwyfan byd-eang. Cefais brofiad rhyfeddol! “
Dechreuodd Manw ganu a dawnsio pan oedd hi brin yn cerdded! Mae wedi cystadlu mewn eisteddfodau ers deng mlynedd gan brofi llwyddiant wrth ganu, actio a chlocsio. Ymddangosodd fel Cosette Ifanc yn 2015 yn ‘ Les Misérables’ cynhyrchiad yr Urdd yng Nghanolfan Mileniwm Cymru, canodd ar lwyfan y Palace Theatre, West End Llundain a bu’n aelod o Gôr Glanaethwy ers blynyddoedd, gan gystadlu yn BGT.
Mae wedi canu a throsleisio sawl cynhyrchiad gan gynnwys rhan Awen yn y ffilm ‘ Cyfrinach Llyfr Kells’ a rhan Fflamia yn Patrol Pawennau. Ei diddordebau yw rhedeg dros bellter, sgïo, cerdded ar draethau hardd gyda’i chŵn ac wrth gwrs, canu, actio a dawnsio.
“Rydw i wrth fy modd yn cael cyfrannu at noson o adloniant i godi arian i Tŷ Gobaith. Mae’r elusen yn gwneud gwaith gwerth chweil ac yn rhoi gwên ar wynebau pobl ifanc. Rhannwn wir ystyr y Nadolig gyda chân yn ein calonnau.”
“I am delighted to be contributing to this evening’s entertainment to support Hope House. This charity works so hard to put a smile on young people’s faces. Let’s share the true meaning of Christmas with a song in our hearts.”
Ysgol Bod Alaw
Dawnswyr Anti Karen