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       well-known because of what you do     Life gives you the
       carries some responsibility, but also offers
       opportunities. You can use your celebrity   bank of emotional
       status to give something back to your
       community by supporting causes and    experiences that make
       charities. This has been very important   your performances
       to me over the years. I have supported
 become a professional classical   the Carnegie Hall in New York,   indeed a musical family - Nia sings   many charities but the main two are the   real and believable
 singer. When I married Nia in   at the Karl Jenkins 70th birthday   with “Côr Rhuthun” and Osian and   Wales Air Ambulance and Elen’s Fund.
 April 1995, she was marrying a   celebration concert in January 2014.   Erin have sung with many choirs and   I was asked to be an ambassador for the
 Headteacher with a steady wage and  That was unforgettable and a huge   ensembles over the years and have   former in 2011 and since then, with a
 a pension but she was magnificent   honour.  had many successes at The Urdd   number of friends, I have done three 200
 and so supportive. They say that   and National Eisteddfods.  mile walks across Wales, raising around
 “behind every good man is a better   Have you got anything special   £400,000 for what is such an important
 woman” and that’s certainly true in   planned for the twentieth   What do you have hoped to have   service in a mainly rural country like
 my case. It was a huge decision but   anniversary? I can’t believe that   achieved when you look back in   ours. We, as a family, set up Elen’s Fund
 with Nia’s full blessing, I tendered   August 2019 will mark the 20th   another twenty years’ time? After   in 2015, initially to raise awareness for
 my resignation as the Headteacher   anniversary of my first professional   20 years of singing professionally   the Organ Donation Discussion amongst
 of Pentercelyn Primary School, to   gig, when I sang Edmondo in the   I am as motivated as ever, even   families, because so many organ donation
 start a two year Opera Course at   Opera Manon Lescaut by Puccini in   more so in a way because I thirst for   opportunities become possible if the
 The Guild Hall School of Music and   Glyndebourne in August 1999. To   more experiences and wonderful   discussion has taken place within the
 Drama, London, in September 1997,   mark the milestone, I am organising   memories. As you go through life   family of an individual who dies and has
 and the rest as they say, is history.   a Celebrational Tour throughout   and experience highs and lows,   healthy organs. The fund is in memory of
 Wales. My daughter Elan will be   you become more emotionally   my sister Elen, who died tragically in 2012
 Since then your career has gone   touring with me, and we will be   involved with your performances.   aged 43. Her death saved or benefited five
 from strength to strength. What   including a local choir in every   The words become something you   lives through organ donation, something
 have been the highlights? There   concert. Keep a lookout as we’re   can genuinely identify with, rather   we as a family, and Elen herself would be
 have been so many highlights and   bound to include one or two venues   than having to imagine the emotion   very proud of.
 so many memories and experiences.   within the EGO® catchment area!  and motivation of a song, as I had
 I have recorded 8 albums including   to as a young singer. Life gives you   Finally, I get the impression that
 a duets album with Sir Bryn Terfel   Performing with your daughter   the bank of emotional experiences   being Welsh is massively important
 and I’ve sung in some wonderful   must be very special. Is the   that make your performances real   to you? “Being born Welsh is to be born
 venues all over the world including   whole family musical? Elan is   and believable, and as a result the   privileged. Not with a silver spoon in your
 the Sydney Opera House, the Royal   in the middle of a BA Performance   engagement between performer   mouth, but with music in your heart and
 Festival Hall, the Coliseum, the   Course in Cardiff and is hoping to   and audience becomes sincere and   poetry in you soul.” This quote is on a wall
 Royal Albert Hall in London, the   pursue a career in singing. We’ve   heartfelt.  in my home in its original Welsh form
 Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto and   sung together a few times, and   “Braint yw cael dy eni’n Gymro. Nid â llwy
 some amazing cities like Honk Kong,  we are the only parent and child   Throughout your career   arian yn dy geg, ond â chân yn dy galon a
 Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Melbourne   combo to have sung together in   fundraising for charity has   cherdd yn dy waed” To me, it says it all,
 and Los Angeles. But the highlight   a National Eisteddfod of Wales   been a large part of what you   and I think of it every time I step on to a
 has to be singing as a soloist at   Concert (Denbigh 2013). We are   do hasn’t it? Being somewhat   stage.




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