Present // Presennol

Jacob Whittaker

24 August // Awst – 12 October // Hydref 2019

The Christmas Variations

This new work for Oriel Blodau Bach is a collection of ‘Pregeth Christmas Evans’ vinyl record covers.  Born near Llandysul at Christmas in 1766, Christmas Evans grew up in Bwlchog, in the parish of Llanfihangel-ar-Arth and went on to become one of the most well known and influential preachers in Wales.

“Christmas Evans (1766-1838) was described by D. M. Lloyd-Jones as ‘the greatest preacher that the Baptists have ever had in Great Britain’. This remarkable one-eyed Welshman came from humble beginnings to exercise powerful preaching ministries throughout Wales..”(1)

The collection of sleeves with their different designs attest to his status and continued popularity as a preacher, receiving several re-issues on the Qualiton label.  The sermon itself was first delivered on July 1st 1835 in Bangor and the recording is of Rev. Jubilee Young some 118 years after Christmas Evans’ death.

As well as the covers in Oriel Blodau Bach there will be a short series of audio and video works published online during the exhibition period here

(1) ‘Christmas Evans – No Ordinary Preacher’ 

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The Christmas Variations

Mae’r gwaith newydd hwn i Oriel Blodau Bach yn cynnwys casgliad o gloriau record finyl ‘Pregeth Christmas Evans’. Ganed Christmas Evans ger Llandysul dros y Nadolig ym 1766, magwyd Christmas Evans yn Bwlchog, ym mhlwyf Llanfihangel-ar-Arth ac aeth ymlaen i fod yn un o’r pregethwyr mwyaf adnabyddus a dylanwadol yng Nghymru.

“Christmas Evans (1766-1838) was described by D. M. Lloyd-Jones as ‘the greatest preacher that the Baptists have ever had in Great Britain’. This remarkable one-eyed Welshman came from humble beginnings to exercise powerful preaching ministries throughout Wales..”(1)

Mae’r casgliad o gloriau gyda’u gwahanol ddyluniadau yn tystio i’w statws a’i boblogrwydd parhaus fel pregethwr, gan dderbyn sawl ailgyhoeddiad ar label Qualiton. Traddodwyd y bregeth ei hun gyntaf ar Orffennaf 1af 1835 ym Mangor. Yn y recordiad yma mae’r Parchedig Jubilee Young yn darllen y sermon rhyw 118 mlynedd ar ôl marwolaeth ‘Christmas Evans’.

Yn ogystal â’r cloriau yn Oriel Blodau Bach bydd cyfres fer o weithiau sain a fideo yn cael eu cyhoeddi ar-lein yn ystod y cyfnod arddangos yma

(1) ‘Christmas Evans – No Ordinary Preacher’ 

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