Gymanfa Ganu --Welsh Hymn Festival Set for May 18

By Jayne Ann Bugda |

Published 05/14 2014 03:58PM

Updated 05/15 2014 12:36AM

A gymanfa ganu --Welsh hymn festival --returns to West Scranton after a five year hiatus. This is the first one held at Trinity Congregational Church, UCC in about thirty years. Trinity is at 229 S. Main Avenue,Scranton. The gymnfa is May 18th,at 4:15. Everyone is invited to share this day.

Hymns in Welsh and English will be presented by soloists, the choir and the congregation. Mrs. Beverly Williams Rugletic serves as the gymanfa conductor. She will conduct the congregation in English and teach a little Welsh prior to directing everyone in  "Gwahodiad."  A number of hymns will be familiar and sung in English such as "To God be the Glory" and "How Great Thou Art." In addition to other selections, Ms Amber Rugletic,soloist, will present "Ar Hyd Y Nos" (Sleep My Child). Lyric tenor Mr. Jim Cerminaro sings "My Little Welsh Home" and Mr. Robert Fox, tenor, sing "In the Garden."v The youth choir will be instrumental in singing "Calon Lan." The festival closes with the stirring "Cym Rhondda,"  known in English as "Guide me Oh, Thou Great Jehovah" which was sung in the movie "How Green was my Valley."

Mr. John Decker, Trinity's music director, decided it was time for a gymanfa and moved forward with the idea. Mr Decker is the organist for the afternoon. Trinity's ministers are Rev. Frank Shimkus and Rev. Jeremy Mullen.

(Information from Ella Rayburn)

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