Page 9 - 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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