click HERE to watch promoY Pymtheg OlafFormer Welsh rugby international Dafydd Jones will go in search of the fifteen Welsh players who played during 1914, in Y Pymtheg Olaf on S4C, Sunday, 9 November.

The Welsh team who played in 1914 were hugely successful and included many members of the team who had won three Grand Slams between 1908 and 1911. They were known for being physically tough, and the nickname of their front eight were the 'terrible eight'. Many decades before the game turned professional, the players all worked in various trades, from scholars to coal miners. Jenkin Alban Davies a Christian minister from Aberaeron was the Welsh captain.
But six weeks after their game against Ireland, the First World War was declared, and the fifteen players enlisted in the UK war effort.

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Y Pymtheg Olaf

 shooting reconstructions on the Sony F5 camera

Y Pymtheg Olaf




 John Bridcut’s riveting survey of requiems severe, theatrical, florid or intimate (PICK OF THE WEEKEND).Martin Hoyle, Financial Times

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Joh Bridcut explores the significance and history of the Requiem, from plainsong to Penderecki, and discusses its enduring appeal with some of its greatest exponents. Featuring the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales (conducted by Edward Gardner) and Tenebrae (conducted by Nigel Short). A production by Bulb Films in association with Crux Productions, for BBC Four and S4C. 




a moment of calm before recording John Bridcut  (director) and Bethan Anwyl  (producer)

John and Bethan recording of Requiem BBC4




Ryan Atkinson (camera assistant) 

Ryan recording of Requiem BBC4




 make shift production gallery - high technology and 'the clock'

Recording of Requiem BBC4 


 BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of  Wales at St Mary's Church - Swansea

BBC National Chorus of Wales at St Mary's recording Requiem BBC4


image on the Jimmy Jib monitor

Recording of Requiem BBC4 



 checking comms.  Mike Hatch and Deian Humphreys (sound recordists)

checking comms at the recording of Requiem BBC4


 conducting Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner recording of Requiem - BBC4






 photos - Deian Humphreys