Bryn Terfel visits Pontio site


Geraint Jones


WORLD-renowned opera singer Bryn Terfel paid a special visit to a theatre which is to be named after him.

The singer, originally of Pant Glas near Caernarfon, visited Theatr Bryn Terfel at the Pontio Arts and Innovation centre, which is due to open in September.

While Bryn said it was an honour for the theatre to bear his name, he added it had taken a year to give it the go ahead.

He said: “I’ve been around theatres that are being built for around a decade and turned down the offer to use my name because I didn’t feel I’d achieved enough in my career as an international performer.

“I had my reasons for accepting it, because Bangor has done a lot to shape my career as a young performer”

The singer honed his craft with Côr Gwynedd, the Urdd Eisteddofod, and concerts at Theatr Gwynedd and chapels and village halls in the area.

He added: “To me personally it’s not important what the name of the theatre will be.
“Of course I’m very happy that it will be Theatr Bryn Terfel, but what’s important is that it’s used locally and is used by artists who will be drawnt o Bangor.

“When it was announced six months ago, I had over 1,000 interviews in San Francisco for my new album, and almost all of them asked about the theatre; so the snowball has started rolling already.”

Bryn said he would also consider how he can use the theatre to bring artists and productions to Bangor.

Bryn performed the song Anfonaf Angel with children from Ysgol Glan Cegin and Ysgol Hirael during his visit to the site.

The Pontio site will also include a 200-seat cinema/lecture theatre, a 120-capacity studio theatre, as well as business and science facilities.

Elen ap Robert, Pontio’s artistic director, said: “it’s a very exciting time in Pontio’s development.

“Theatr Bryn Terfel will be a strategically important mid scale performance venue which can be adapted to accommodate a wide range of art forms – from drama, dance, comedy, gigs, world music – to classical music concerts and chamber opera.”


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