LLANGOLLEN Eisteddfod has premiered its first Global Peace Message.

Thursday is traditionally Peace Day at Llangollen, culminating in the Rotary International Peace Award and Parade of Nations on stage.

The inspiration for the online premiere of what is the Eisteddfod’s first ever Global Peace Message included a specially commissioned poem, Harmoni a Heddwch, by Mererid Hopwood and a peace address from the Eisteddfod’s President, Terry Waite.

It was spoken by Hopwood and special guests Jools Holland, Floella Benjamin and Bryn Terfel.

The poem also featured children from Ysgol Rhostyllen, St Giles School Wrexham and Ysgol Dinas Bran as well as the first performance of a new piece of music sung by Wrexham soprano Elan Catrin Parry.

The Welsh Centre for International Affairs’ Young Peacemakers Awards celebrate young people who have contributed to peace and global citizenship in their school, local community or overseas.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s competition was moved online.

The winners of the six categories were announced during a virtual ceremony where year six pupils from Ysgol Acrefair came second place in the Young Peacemakers category.

The online 2020 Mixed Choirs winner was South Africa’s Stellenbosch University Choir, who swept the board in 2018 coming first place in the mixed, youth and open choir categories.

Their winning performance of Christopher Tin’s ‘Baba Yetu’ in an arrangement by André van der Merwe, can be viewed on Llangollen.TV