Bryn Terfel delves into the history of one of the most stirring national anthems in the world, Land of My Fathers.
With contributions from Opera star Katherine Jenkins, sports star Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, the legendary Max Boyce and a host of historians, Bryn charts the rise of the 150-year-old poem.
The words were written by Pontypridd weaver Evan James beside the river Rhondda, and set to music by his son James on a harp in 1856. Some 50 years later, it became the secret weapon that helped to defeat the all-conquering 1905 All Blacks, and in doing so became the first national anthem to be sung at an international rugby match.
Many anthems express the desire to slaughter enemies. Land of My Fathers expresses a love of home and the hope that Wales and its language will live forever. Bryn concludes that Land of My Fathers is the greatest national anthem in the world...ever.