Songs Everlasting

Episodes

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0101Myfanwy2007090220080105

Composed by the prolific Joseph Parry, Myfanwy is one of the best known of all Welsh love songs and the one most favoured by male voice choirs. But who was the real Myfanwy and why has the song endured for so long?

0102Cwm Rhondda2007090920080112

The hymn tune sung to the words Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah has been described as Wales' second National Anthem. Better known as Bread of Heaven to rugby and football fans, the song epitomises the Welsh love of homeland and culture.

0103 LASTBugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn2007091620080119

This 18th-century folk song describes the tragic love affair between Wil Hopcyn and Ann Thomas, the Maid of Cefn Ydfa. But is there any truth in the story and what is it about the haunting melody that has made the song so widely popular?

0201Unto Us A Child Is Born20081222

Featuring an interview with the archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.

In the first of a new series examining classic Christmas songs, Bryn Terfel tries to find out what it is that makes some of them them so popular.

Featuring interviews with the archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams and composer John Rutter.

0202Deck The Halls2008122320081228

Bryn speaks to composers and scholars about the carol Deck the Halls.

Bryn Terfel explores classic Christmas songs and tries to find out what it is that makes some of them them so popular.

Bryn speaks to composers and scholars about the carol Deck the Halls: how it evolved from an ancient Welsh dance tune, the origination of the words, its association with New Year and why it has become a favourite for recording artists of all persuasions.

0203Ave Maria2008122520081228

Bryn explores various settings of the Ave Maria with the help of musicians and theologians

Bryn Terfel explores classic Christmas songs and tries to find out what it is that makes some of them them so popular.

Bryn explores various settings of the Ave Maria with the help of musicians and theologians, including the composer John Rutter and director of music at Kings College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury.

0204 LASTFantasia On Christmas Carols2008122620081229

Bryn explores Ralph Vaughan Williams's 1912 work Fantasia on Christmas Carols.

Bryn Terfel explores classic Christmas songs and tries to find out what it is that makes some of them them so popular.

Bryn marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams by examining the composer's 1912 work Fantasia on Christmas Carols.