BBC Radio Cymru’s Shân Cothi has set a new world record as one half of the longest-distance duet ever.
The link-up between Wales and Argentina was broadcast live on Radio Cymru for BBC Music Day and confirmation has been received from both sides of the Atlantic that the world record attempt was successful.
The world record, officially for “the greatest distance between people singing a duet”, was simulcast on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio 3 and has been officially certified by Guinness World Records.
Radio Cymru presenter and singer Shân Cothi was joined from Argentina by Andres Evans for a unique rendition of the Welsh hymn, Calon Lân. Shân was accompanied at BBC Hoddinott Hall in Cardiff by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a joint choir featuring members of various choirs including the BBC National Chorus of Wales, Côr CF1, the Radio Cymru staff choir and the Wales Millennium Centre/Only Kids Aloud Chorus 2015/16. Andres Evans was joined in Patagonia by members of the Gaiman Music School Choir.
“With around ten minutes to go – that’s when I started thinking seriously things might go wrong, but fair play to everyone for concentrating,” said Shân. “Hey – we’re in the big book!”
The link-up is one of a number of projects this year marking the 150th anniversary of the establishment of a Welsh settlement, Y Wladfa, in Patagonia in 1865, when 153 people from various parts of Wales sailed on the Mimosa to settle in the Chubut Province in southern Argentina. In the autumn the BBC National Orchestra of Wales will embark on one of its most ambitious tours to date as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations, visiting Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.
The broadcast was described before the event as one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by Radio Cymru. The station’s record-breaking achievement marks the first ever BBC Music Day.