Music and song from Wales

Each month the Welsh programme Land of Song is seen throughout Great Britain by some ten million viewers — the largest audience ever obtained by a Welsh programme series. It is the most consistently successful musical programme ever presented on television.

Ivor Emmanuel
The groups of singers who appear in the programme were formed and trained by TWW musical director Norman Whitehead and, with the programme centred on the imaginary village of Llantelly, director Christopher Mercer places the show in a different setting each month.

Other musical programmes presented by TWW have included Trysor o Gân, an intimate programme featuring leading Welsh instrumentalists and singers and Hoff Alawon, in which distinguished guests selected their favourite music.

Musical Director Norman Whitehead discusses an item with lvor Emmanuel
A part of the TWW No. 1 studio during a Land of Song transmission

An ambassador of song

After varied experience in the London theatre, Ivor Emmanuel gained a significant personal success in TWW programmes. On independent television he has become an ambassador of song for the land of his birth.

Following the particular success of his work with the Pontcanna Children’s Choir, he and the children were selected to appear in the 1960 Royal Variety Performance in an excerpt from Land of Song.