Llanwrst student wins top prize at S4C's 2017 Cân i Gymru


Annie Roberts

A GIRL who had dreamt since the age of 12 of competing in S4C’s Cân i Gymru - Song for Wales - competition has won the title just five years later.

Cadi Gwyn Edwards aged 17, from Llanrwst won the Cân i Gymru 2017 songwriting competition – and the prize of £5,000 - with the song Rhydd (Freedom).

Cadi, a student studying her AS Levels at Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy, wrote the song on her phone after visiting Llanddwyn Island. She describes the song as “a lone person that wants to break free from captivity”.

The competition was held on Saturday, March 11, at BBC Cymru Wales Studio, Llandaf, and was broadcast live on S4C. Presenting the evening was singer Elin Fflur and TV presenter Trystan Ellis-Morris.

Cadi, who performed her own song on stage, said: “I had dreamt of competing for Cân i Gymru since I was 12, but had to wait until I was 17 to realise my dream. It was an emotional evening and I am still in shock. I have been writing songs since I was 10 – but never dreamt I would win Cân i Gymru.

“I am now hoping to use some of the money to record songs in a professional studio. It will also help fund my trip to Patagonia. I am going there with 24 other young Welsh people to volunteer under an Urdd scheme.”

Cadi is a member of the award-winning butcher family Edwards of Conwy, but she doesn't know yet whether she will work one day in the family business or follow a different path.

"It's a bit too soon to decide. I am interested in the business and, so is my younger brother and sister, but there's plenty of time to decide!"

S4C's Entertainment Content Commissioner, Elen Rhys, said; “It’s been a fantastic night of original Welsh language music. Congratulations to all of the composers and performers that were part of Cân i Gymru 2017, and especially to the winner Cadi Gwyn Edwards.”

The second prize of £2,000 went to Sophie Jayne Marsh with the song Pryder. And the third prize of £1,000 to Richard Vaughan and Andy Park, with the song Fy Nghariad Olaf i.

This year, ten songs competed for the Cân i Gymru 2017 trophy, rather than the usual eight, because the standard was so high this year. 

After each song was performed, the task of choosing a winner was handed to the viewers via a phone vote.

You can watch all of the performances again on S4C’s website: s4c.cymru/canigymru.

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