Page 8 - April 2019 EGO Magazine
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       An interview


       with Rhys Meirion







       As he embarks upon his twentieth year as a
       professional singer, we caught up with Rhys
       Meirion, to find out more about this Welsh
       icon of song.




       So Rhys, tell me a bit about   but what I am very aware of is the   Angel which was on S4C during the
       yourself. I was born in Blaenau   warm welcome I receive on every   Christmas period of 2018, where
       Ffestiniog, and because my father   occasion.            we put a choir together of people
       was a young policeman we moved                           who had experience of mental
       around a bit in my younger                               health problems, and explored the
       years. By the time I was 5 we had                        benefits of singing in a choir. I am
       lived in Blaenau, Llandudno and   Being                  also writing an English version of
       Garndolbenmaen and then when   somewhat                  my book ‘Storis Grav’ (Grav Tales),
       I was 6, we settled in Tremadog                          full of tales and anecdotes about the
       where I attended the local Primary  well-known           legend Ray Gravell. I also have many
       School and then Ysgol Eifionydd in   because of          concerts in the pipeline and will be
       Porthmadog. After 4 years in Trinity                     recording a new album to celebrate
       College Carmarthen I became a   what you do              20 years in the business in June. So,
       Primary School Teacher and then                          plenty to do!!!
       four years later in 1993 I became   carries some
       a very young Headteacher (one of   responsibility,       Talk me through the transition
       the youngest, if not the youngest,                       from full time education to
       ever in Wales and the UK). All that  but also offers     being a professional singer.
       seems ages ago, as I have now been   opportunities.      When I became a headteacher, my
       a Professional singer for 20 years,                      life changed. There was a lot of
       living in Pwllgals, near Rhuthun with                    hard work and responsibility but
       my wife Nia, and a proud father of 3                     “All work and no play….” This is
       children, Osian, Elan and Erin.  So what projects are you   when I took up singing as a bit of
                                    currently working on? I am in the  a relaxing hobby. After 2 years of
       And you’re certainly no stranger  middle of filming a new four part   singing lessons with Brian Hughes
       to this part of the world? The   series for S4C called Corau Rhys   in Gresford, Wrexham, I won the
       area the EGO® covers is very close   Meirion, which will be broadcast   Blue Riband at the 1996 National
       to my heart. I couldn’t hazard   in April and May. This is a follow   Eisteddfod in Llandeilo. That’s
       a guess of how many concerts I   up to the celebration of the 10th   when I realised that there was an
       have sung in here over the years,   anniversary of the song Anfonaf   opportunity to take the plunge and




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