1st March, 2018
Between opera rehearsals and performances in France, concerts with Katherine Jenkins and playing the odd rugby match, Welsh Tenor, Trystan Griffiths has been busy recording his début album for Decca, since singing to them in December last year. The first track is released today, in celebration of St David's Day.
Gwahoddiad is a rousing Welsh hymn and a favorite anthem of Welsh rugby crowds, often heard swirling around Principality Stadium at Six Nations and International matches. Trystan recorded it recently at Abbey Road Studios in London, where The Beatles, Pink Floyd and the Hollies recorded some of their most iconic albums during the 1960s. To accompany the track, Decca has also released a video of Trystan singing Gwahoddiad, shot in some of South Wales' most spectacular locations. It's an invite into his world, the landscapes of his home and the culture of Wales. To top it all, he's accompanied on this track by a Male Voice Choir from his home area, in which Trystan sang as a youth, and of which his father is still a member, Côr Undebol Ar Ôl Tri.
Speaking about his first single release, Trystan said, "Gwahoddiad is a perfect song for St David's Day. It's an invitation to Wales, and a celebration of the culture and community that formed the bedrock of my life and music career. I look forward to sharing it with everyone, and who knows, perhaps the crowd at Principality Stadium will join me to sing it with even greater gusto on 17 March at the Wales V France game."
Gwahoddiad is available for download from iTunes, Spotify and all digital partners today.