John Lloyd Williams in Bangor Cathedral - 1907

from Cymanfa Ganu yr Eglwys yn y Cathedral (The Church Cymanfa Ganu in the Cathedral):

Cantorion Sir Gaernarfon a Mȏn [Caernarfonshire and Anglesey Singers]. Good Sops. & Basses.... Conductor used both hands but failed to keep singers together. He started each v. himself, cyn i’r cant[orio]n gael eu hanadl [before the singers caught their breath] - so that only a few started, the others scrambled after Organ heavy & clumsy. Hymn tunes shocking - too fast and voices not together - organ behind.

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cite as

John Lloyd Williams, Cymanfa Ganu yr Eglwys yn y Cathedral (The Church Cymanfa Ganu in the Cathedral). In National Library of Wales, number Dr J Lloyd Williams Papers, MB3/5 (ii). accessed: 22 May, 2024 (By kind permission of the National Library of Wales.)

location of experience: Bangor Cathedral


John Lloyd Williams
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Listening to

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hymns performed by Cantorion Sir Gaernarfon a Mon/Caernarfonshire and Anglesey Singers

Experience Information

Date/Time 1907
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


In calling it 'Cymanfa Ganu yr Eglwys', Lloyd Williams is making a distinction between the Anglican Church (English language) and the (Welsh-speaking) Nonconformist chapels where the cymanfa ganu (hymn-singing festival) originated. He is indicating that the Anglican Church had recognised the popularity of the cymanfa ganu, although the suggestion here is that some Anglican organists made a point of sabotaging Welsh-language singing festivals.

Originally submitted by hgb3 on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:34:03 +0100
Approved on Fri, 13 Apr 2018 14:35:23 +0100