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Monday, 20 November, 2000, 09:49 GMT
Terfel's Welsh album record breaker
Bryn Terfel
Bryn Terfel's album is the biggest selling release in Welsh
Baritone Bryn Terfel's latest album venture has become the biggest selling Welsh language release of all time.

We'll Keep A Welcome, released a month ago, has now sold more than 100,000 copies worldwide.

The album's double entry into both the pop and classical charts is a unique first for a Welsh artist in his native tongue.

Terfel, who is making a record-signing appearance in Cardiff on Monday, is now releasing his first single in a bid to win the Christmas No 1 spot.

His version of Bing Crosby's White Christmas - coupled with We'll Keep A Welcome - is being released on 11 December.

Terfel is signing copies of the record at the Virgin Megastore in Cardiff on Monday.

Summer season

On Tuesday, he is travelling to north Wales to do the same, first at WH Smiths in Poole St, Caernarfon, and then Siop Eifionydd in Porthmadog.

The baritone is back in the UK after a summer season with Don Giovanni at the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

Later this month, he will embark on a UK recital tour taking in Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Manchester.

He is also scheduled to make a number of television appearances and perform at the Royal Variety Show where he is to close the night's proceedings leading a star-studded cast in a rousing rendition of White Christmas.

We'll Keep A Welcome - The Welsh Album, is the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition to record the songs of his childhood and some of the hymns and arias loved by many Welsh people.

Recorded in Swansea with the Black Mountain Chorus, the Risca Male Choir and the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera conducted by Gareth Jones, We'll Keep A Welcome features 20 Welsh songs.

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