Celebrating Welsh Language Music Day is now a part of our tradition as a nation and around the world, and despite these challenging, changing times, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai was more eager than ever to be part of the celebrations this year.
The aim of Welsh Language Music Day is to celebrate Welsh music, and to raise awareness of the diversity of our musical culture; here in Wales and internationally.
The highlight of our celebrations this year was a live webinar hosted with Dion; one member of the band, Alffa. The band has achieved huge success worldwide, with their song 'Gwenwyn' (Poison), being the first Welsh song to reach 1 million streams on Spotify - What an achievement! The song has now passed 3 million streams.
It was a pleasure to welcome Dion to a question and answer session with 33 Music students across Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and to hear his experiences since starting in the same department, 4 years ago. The biggest secret is staying true to yourself, working hard and going for it!
Dion is a former Music student at Coleg Menai, and brings great pride to his tutors. Owen Lloyd Evans said:
It was great to see Dion again and watch him encourage and give inside information to the next generation of musicians.
After being asked about the course at Coleg Menai, Dion said:
We were in a very lucky year when we had very good musicians at the same time and it was very exciting for us to go in every Thursday to enjoy ourselves and jam with different people.
To add to the celebrations, 83 of the Group's learners took part in our Kahoot quiz looking at Welsh music, and our Student Ambassadors created vlogs to celebrate the day. To view these videos visit our Cangen Grŵp Llandrillo Menai (Grŵp Llandrillo Menai Branch) YouTube channel where you can watch different videos on topics that are relevant to you!
Remember to follow us on social media too:
Instagram - @cangengllm @llysgenhadongllm
Twitter - @SCGLlM
To find out more about the opportunities available to use the Welsh language at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, or for more information about Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, email the Branch Officers:
Nia Lewis - Coleg Menai and Coleg Meirion - Dwyfor Branch Officer
Sara Davies - Coleg Llandrillo Branch Officer