News & Events

Remembering “The Blitz”

A grand Wednesday afternoon was had by all as Phil Treseder from Swansea Museum gave a wonderfully enlightening presentation of the infamous “Swansea blitz” during the 2nd World War. 

“They defied the law to pray”

“They defied the law to pray” Posted by kind permission from South Wales Evening Post, first published Friday, Sept 6th, 1991 Driving to the north of Swansea, up from Treboeth to Llangyfelach and along the A48 to Penllergaer, the scene is a broad sweep of tree-fringed fields and wooden hills.  Only the M4 jars a…
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First Annual Calon Lân Festival

Friday 15th May, 2020 (Details TBA) at Mynyddbach Chapel We are truly blessed and very proud to announce that we, the Calon Lân Centre, are to introduce to Wales and the UK a brand new annual literature festival! On Friday 15th May, the First Annual Calon Lân Festival will take place to celebrate the legacy of Calon…
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A History of Cymanfa Ganu

A History of Cymanfa Ganu Friends of Calon Lân Centre were treated to a special address by Alun Tregelles Williams on the history of the Cymanfa Ganu last Wednesday afternoon.  The audience were enthralled by the speaker’s wisdom on the infamous Welsh tradition. They were further treated to a DVD recording of the moments when…
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Exhibition 2020: Call for Memorabilia

In the spring of 2020, Swansea Museum in collaboration with the Calon Lân Centre in Swansea, will be hosting a museum exhibition to commemorate the centenary of the death of local and Welsh poet, Daniel James (Gwyrosydd), author of the famous Welsh anthem, “Calon Lân”.

S4C Songs of Praise (Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol)

Calon Lân Centre is excited and privileged to be able to host the S4C Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol in May 2020. This S4C “institution” is Wales’ very own Songs of Praise. The show is rich with history and so wonderfully celebrates our nation’s tradition of hymn singing – part of the very fabric of Wales.…
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June-July 2019 Events Review

What a great season we’ve just had at Calon Lân Centre! June and July saw some fantastic events, some amazing collaborations and great relationships built. Here’s just a small summary of things that happened before our August break… 

Bristol Male Voice Choir Concert – 11th of March 2020

Affectionately referred to as “Bristol’s biggest boy band”, Bristol Male Voice Choir have developed a wide-ranging repertoire and last year celebrated their 50th year as a choir. They have performed in concert halls, churches, weddings and private functions, ranging from Eastern Europe, the Carnegie Hall, New York, to the Eden Project in Cornwall and Bristol’s…
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Events Schedule (to July)

We would sincerely like to let you know about our upcoming events in June and July that you are more than welcome to.

Calon Lan: Welsh Anthem and Revival Hymn

‘Calon Lân’ is a hymn which is close to the heart of any Welsh person, and is regarded even today as one of the great anthems of Wales. While it has been translated into English, it is still only ever sung in the original Welsh. Having been written in the closing decade of the nineteenth century, it came to prominence during the Welsh Revival of 1904-5 when it was one of the most frequently sung expressions of spiritual longing and desire for personal holiness by those who were caught up in that great move of the Holy Spirit. The song has remained a great favourite ever since, still often being sung at concerts and eisteddfodau, and even before international rugby matches at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. It has even developed the status of one of the great icons of Wales; and even t-shirts, mugs, badges, caps, cards and posters can be seen in many ‘Welsh’ shops with the words of the song on them. Its iconic status reflects the deeply-rooted and rich Christian heritage that is still a strong part of Welsh culture even today. 

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