Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol

Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol (Welsh for 'Start Singing, Start Praising') is a television series featuring congregational Christian singing in the Welsh language. Currently broadcast by the Welsh-language television channel S4C, it is one of the longest-running television programmes on any British television channel, the first edition having been broadcast by the BBC from Trinity Chapel, Swansea, on 1 January 1961.[1] The programme inspired the creation of the similar English-language series Songs of Praise, which began later in the same year.

Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol
EnglishStart Singing, Start Praising
GenreReligious broadcasting
Presented byCurrent (2018–):
Nia Roberts
Huw Edwards
Lisa Gwilym
Nigel Owens
Ryland Teifi
Theme music composerChristopher Tin
Tudur Dylan Jones
Country of originWales
Original language(s)Welsh
Executive producer(s)Marc Edwards
Producer(s)Aled John
Running time30 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)
  • BBC Cymru Wales (1961–1993)
  • Intrada (1993–1998)
  • Teledu Elidir (1998–2006)
  • Avanti Media (2006–2017)
  • Rondo Media (2017–)
Original network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release1 January 1961 (1961-01-01) –
Related showsSongs of Praise
External links
Production website

The programmes celebrate important festivals and dates in the Christian calendar and place on film the celebration of important national and international occasions where the music is of a devotional and religious nature.


The programme was produced in-house by BBC Cymru Wales until 1993 when production was awarded to independent company Intrada.[2] In 1998 Teledu Elidir took over production and Avanti Media was awarded the contract in 2006.[3] The production was re-tendered in 2017 and it was awarded to Rondo Media.[4]


  1. ^ "Dechrau Canu, Dechrau Canmol". Radio Times (in Welsh). Vol. 149 no. 1938 (London ed.). BBC Publications. 29 December 1960. p. 16. ISSN 0033-8060. Retrieved 25 January 2020 – via BBC Genome Project.
  2. ^ Parri, Ian (15 September 2001). "Dal i ganu mawl yng ngwyneb y cilio crefyddol" [Still singing praise in the face of religious retreat]. Liverpool Daily Post (in Welsh). Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 4 February 2018 – via The Free Library.
  3. ^ "National Library of Wales - Catalogue". Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol". Rondo Media. Retrieved 4 February 2018.

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