To coincide with the urdd.org exhibition in Oriel 1, St Fagans: National History Museum, in the summer of 2009, the Museum and the Urdd worked together on the Triongl (Triangle) project, a chain of cultural events around Wales consisting of three elements — a poem written by North Wales students, an artwork by Mid Wales students and a piece of Music by South Wales students.
The chain was started by a group of young poets from Meirionydd, who penned a piece of poetry on the theme Triongl (Triangle) with the assistance of Ifor ap Glyn, the Children’s Poet Laureate of Wales.
The next link in the chain was to create a piece of artwork based on the poem with a group of pupils from Ceredigion under the artist Mary Lloyd Jones' supervision. Mary worked with pupils studying for A Level from Ysgol Penweddig and Ysgol Dyffryn Teifi.
The last link in the chain was completed by pupils from Ysgol Plasmawr and Fitzalan School in Cardiff, with support from Community Music Wales, to record different sounds around the National History Museum — birds singing, fires burning, and the blacksmith at work — which were combined to create a unique piece inspired by the poem and the artwork.
A triangle of Poem, Artwork and Music
The sound of half a star
Is within us
The braying from the lower field
The wind through the trees
Car horns on the streets of the Bay
And the din of a drain bubbling into the sea
We carry it all in a bottle
To support us as we gingerly step into the limelight
And tread the stage of our aspiration
Together we move gracefully
Together we nimbly intertwine
Until the bronze of our effort
And the silver of our talent
Creates a new gold atmosphere
And then the relaxing, the putting aside of burdens
The sharing of experiences, of words
We share facts, opinion and gossip,
As a crowd, as a gang or as a pair
And as we proudly head for home
All of us having played a part
The star is complete
The light is shining
And the sound echoes everywhere
Poem created by young poets from Meirionydd
with Ifor ap Glyn (trans Owain Rhys)
Music composed by young musicians from Plasmawr and Fitzalan Schools, with Community Music Wales
Article Date: 28 September 2009