Gwynfor Evans exemplifies one of the best known phrases in the Welsh National Anthem. ‘Gwlad beirdd a chantorion’ translates as a ‘land of poets and singers.’ Gwynfor has a vast experience in both elements of our proud heritage.
Born in Llangwm, a small Welsh village with a population of around 500 in the Conwy County Borough.
Educated at Llangwm, Cerrig y Drudion primary schools and Llanrwst Grammar School. All schools steeped in the history of Welsh literature and music.
Gwynfor Evans the Competitor
Singing and reciting has always been a part of Gwynfor’s life. He started singing at the age of three. As a result, stage fright is not part of Gwynfor’s psyche.
Moreover, he has a successful record, winning several trophies during his distinguished career.
He is a cup winner as a soloist, as well as folk singing, reciting and choir conducting. A medal winner also for public speaking.
Gwynfor secured second place at the National Urdd Eisteddfod in the dialogue competition. His partner at Bryn Aman was Aeryn Jones, the father in law of choir accompanist, Nia Jones.
Gwynfor is a successful poet. He won the Bardic Chair at the Young Farmers Club Eisteddfod in the Denbigh area on three successive occasions in 1962, 1963 and 1964.
At Butlins Holiday Camp Eisteddfod in Barry, Gwynfor won the solo singing competition. He also won a free week’s Butlins holiday in the process.
This gifted performer also took part in many dramas and theatrical productions. He was also a member of Parti Clwyd.
Gwynfor states he was particularly fortunate in the opportunities afforded to him. Particularly by the Urdd (League of Youth) and the Young Farmers Clubs.
Married Life and Work
His marriage to Rhiannon produced four daughters, Haf, Manon, Nia and Ceri. They have nine grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
After a short spell in the building trade, Gwynfor’s occupation consisted of agricultural work.
This was farm based and also with the Milk Marketing Board.
For a decade he worked for the A.I. service (artificial insemination of cows).
There followed a period as a Laboratory Technician. An accident caused by a bull brought about his early retirement.
Gwynfor Evans Artistic Hobby
Apart from singing Gwynfor’s other hobbies are reading, painting and drawing. Some of his artistic work appears below:
Gwynfor also became interested in local politics. He served as a Llanbedr Town Councillor for 28 years. He also served as a Denbighshire County Councillor for 15 years.
Overall, Gwynfor has a vast choral experience. Consisting of male voice and mixed choirs. He has assisted Llangwm, Trelawnyd and Llanddulas Male Voice Choirs.
For the last two years this amiable and jovial member has made his presence felt in our choir ranks.