One of Wales’ foremost all round entertainers, Caryl is originally from Flintshire and was born to a musical family and grew up in a creative atmosphere.

She started composing songs at 14 years of age for the singing group she performed with ‘SIDAN’ and was the vocal arranger – a skill she has honed over the years and close harmony is a true passion of hers.

Caryl’s solo singing and television careers began in the 80s. She became a presenter of children’s programmes and soon became a firm favourite with the Welsh public. There followed numerous TV programmes both as presenter and singer.

Currently Caryl co-presents BBC Radio Cymru 2’s Breakfast Show and is a regular on various other radio and TV programmes.

Caryl appears regularly in gigs where she performs her own material as well as arrangements of more familiar songs and mixes the music with her own brand of comedy.

She developed her comedy and scriptwriting skills over the years, creating comedy characters for the numerous series to which she put her name. She continues to do this and the “Caryl” series, which gained extraordinary popularity in the mid-80s, was relaunched in 2013. Caryl depicts various characters of her own invention and they have proved to be exceptionally popular with her audience.

Song writing is one of the most important facets of Caryl’s creativity. She has written literally hundreds of songs over the years in a variety of genres – from children to choirs, from ensemble pieces to solos – and is thrilled to do so whenever the opportunity or inspiration arises. She has had the pleasure of writing for a number of artists including Bryn Terfel and tenor, Rhys Meirion.

Caryl has released 5 albums of her own, written many musicals, including the highly claimed TV musical film, “Y Dyn Na’th Ddwyn y Dolig” as well as countless songs for TV shows and films. Composing and music is her lifeblood.

Caryl’s talent as a wordsmith is also well known with poetry, lyrics and song translations into and from English being an important part of her career. In 2007 she was appointed Welsh Children’s Laureate – a post which lasted a year and saw Caryl travelling the length and breadth of Wales encouraging children of all ages to write poetry under her enthusiastic guidance.

Scriptwriting is another string to her bow. She has scripted several sit coms, children’s’ TV shows as well as the ever popular films “Ibiza Ibiza” and “Steddfod Steddfod” in which she played multiple characters. The creation of her comedy characters which depict Welsh people from all walks of life and from different areas around Wales, coupled with her mastery of accents, is seen and one of her many triumphs. She co-wrote the UK BAFTA winning “Rhestr Nadolig Wil” in 2008 – a film which has won the hearts of the Welsh audience and is repeated regularly at Christmas time.

One of Caryl’s latest ventures has been the writing and composing for “Grand Slam – The Musical” – an adaptation of the classic Welsh film for musical theatre.

By her own admission, Caryl’s greatest achievement is being a Mam to her five children. For the past few years, the family get together and hold a series of Christmas concerts for charity under the name of The Parry Isaacs. They are memorable evenings which put everyone in the Christmas spirit with a mixture of old favourite and original Yuletide songs.

Caryl Parry Jones has been honoured with the following accolades during the past twenty years:

  • Fellow of Bangor University
  • Fellow of Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  • Honorary M.Mus degree from the University of Wales
  • Children’s Laureate for Wales 2007
  • Awarded the White Robe by the National Eisteddfod of Wales
  • Inducted into the Royal Television Society Hall of Fame
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for services to music by the Radio Cymru Rock and Pop Awards

I have chosen to nominate Caryl Parry Jones for this award because of her contribution to the Welsh language. Caryl’s music has become an intrinsic part of Welsh language culture and has been an inspiration to many young Welsh speakers. Caryl brings fun to the Welsh language, a very important factor as we wish to reach one million Welsh speakers in Wales by 2050. Her personality shines through in her many roles as a singer-songwriter, broadcaster, actress, author and composer. Caryl proves that speaking Welsh can be fun and is a very valuable Welsh entertainer. She is skilled in the business of putting a smile on people’s faces. Her work in trying to promote the Welsh language has been incredible and for that reason, I believe she deserves to win this award.

Efan Fairclough
Youth Parliament Member, South-West Wales
24th Jan 2019
Wonderful Welsh Women