A Child’s Christmas in Wales

A Child’s Christmas in Wales is a poetic and nostalgic work by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Thomas grew up in Wales during the early 20th century. The piece takes us on a journey through the poet’s memories of past Christmases. It highlights the joyous and heartwarming moments of the holiday season.

Thomas paints a picturesque scene of a traditional Welsh Christmas celebration. He shares anecdotes of family gatherings. There are memories of great meals, singing, and storytelling. You can feel a sense of warmth and togetherness. The poem has moments of humour and tender reflections. It’s the innocence and wonder of a festive season through a child’s eyes.

Thomas transports readers to snowy streets, warm houses, and the magical atmosphere of a winter wonderland. He evokes a sense of nostalgia and sentimentality. The playful language and whimsical imagery add to the enchanting ambience. It’s a poem for readers of all ages.

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A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Part of our exciting celebration on December 7th will be telling of A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

The popular prose of Dylan Thomas‘ recollection of Christmases past were made famous by Caedmon Records in 1952 as being one of the earliest commercial audiobooks, with Thomas’ own voice telling the story. The reminiscent lines were a last minute addition to the LP that opened the general market for audio recorded books. This time it will be Dr. Garry Gable returning to help us bring the tales to life.

Selected excerpts of these childhood stories are further imagined with Gary Fry‘s orchestrations.

Fry’s version was commissioned not as long ago back in 2003 for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. You will be able to hear the familiar tunes “Good King Wenceslas” and an exuberant Celtic version of “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” sung by the returning choirs – University Chorus (James Hawn) and University of Saskatchewan Greystone Singers (Dr. Jennifer Lang)!

There may, or may not be some sleigh riding going on later in the concert, too… But you will just have to come to find out!

See you at the Symphony, and Merry Christmas!

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