The old Bishop's Chapel in the Museum decorated for Christmas
The Society's centenary year ended with a superb musical evening at the County
Museum in Abergwili. The hall, decorated for Christmas, was full when Council member Heward Rees,
the evening's leader, introduced Côr Seingâr. The choir performed two sets of Welsh
choral music, their fresh young voices blending perfectly in lively harmony under their conductor
Eiluned Rees, as Mrs Marie Trevelyan, a Glamorganshire Victorian author well known
for her work on the folk-lore of Wales, read a selection on the plygain, the Christmas service held
very early in the morning, and the Mari Lwyd. This was illustrated by an example of the traditional
music sung at the service and the words sung by the men taking the horse's head round the neighbourhood
at New Year. Jill Davies read an account of another folk tradition, the giving of a calennig at
New Year as a token of luck.
Gwenllian Davies provided two sets of harp music, settings of Welsh and English
carols setting off classical pieces by Mozart to perfection. The evening ended with recordings of
pieces by Haydn Morris and William Mathias, two Carmarthenshire musicians of international repute.
President Towyn Jones brought the evening and the celebratory year to a close by
reminding members of the busy and very successful programme which they had enjoyed since the first
event last January, which had also been held in the Museum. This was the opening of an exhibition
displaying some of the books and artefacts which early Society members had donated and which were
the foundation of both the County Museum and the County Library. It was fitting that the year should
also end in the Museum, which has always had close connections with the Society.