Sung to a variety of tunes, perhaps its best-loved partner is Blaenwern, composed by the Welsh school master William Penfro Rowlands. The tune first appeared in Henry H Jones’ collection Cân a Moliant of 1915. Frequently heard at weddings throughout the English-speaking world, it was heard by the largest television audience in history, nearly two billion people, at the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011, for which James O’Donnell’s arrangement was specially made.
from notes by The Revd Dr James Hawkey © 2014
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