Posted on

Cefn Ydfa and Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn

Cefn Ydfa

Back in the summer, one of the distinctive experiences we had whilst preparing for our “Octet” tour was a visit to the home of Ann Thomas, Cefn Ydfa; the subject of the Welsh folk song, Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn(Shepherding the White Wheat).

If you’re not familiar with the background of the song, it describes the tragic loving relationship between Wil Hopcyn and Ann Thomas. Ann belonged to a family of affluent farmers from a small village in South Wales, Llangynwyd near Maesteg, but Wil was only a local thatcher and poet. Ann’s motherwas adamany  that Wil wasn’t good enough for her daughter and therefore she forced Ann to marry the son of a local squire and a few days before the wedding, Wil left the village for Bristol.  Months later, he returned home and when he arrived, he discovered that Ann was dying. As Wil held Ann in his arms, she relaxed and smiled because of her love for him, and then died. Ann was 23 and Wil died 14 years later after writing a song in memory of their love. Both are now buried in Llangynwyd.

The Song
Composer John Metcalf, and two of the Ensemble’s members had the opportunity to have their photos talen in front of Cefn Ydfa and it was a great opportunity for the musicians to play the main melody of the song on the farmyard. This is Peryn and Nicola reminding you of the melody.


John Metcalf


Posted on

Schubert and Metcalf Octet Reviews

Schubert Metcalf Reviews

We received outstanding reviews from everyone who came to hear us perform the octet by Schubert and a new octet by John Metcalf across Wales.  If you had a chance to come to hear us, we hope you too enjoyed it!

Here are some of the reviews we received on John Metcalf’s and Schubert’s Octet:

‘ Thanks Ensemble Cymru for a fantastic evening… a very memorable evening ‘ Theatr Colwyn, Colwyn Bay

‘ I heard this lovely programme in Ucheldre. Don’t miss it ‘.

‘And me! I totally agree, don’t miss it.’ Ucheldre, Holyhead.

‘Thanks for the concert in Pwllheli. I enjoyed it very much.’

‘A fantastic concert on Friday night. It was very well received by those there, who included many strangers! Congratulations!’ Cilcain, Mold.

‘ A brilliant performance tonight…Totally blown away….The concert was really amazing… A full house, which is fantastic.’ Cilcain