-“There was a tradition in this parish that on All-Hallows’ Eve a Spirit announced from the altar the names of those who were doomed to die in the coming year. The Spirit was locally called Angelystor.”
– Elias Owen, 1887
Estimated at 4,000 to 5,000 years old, the ancient yew in the churchyard of St. Digain, Llangernyw may be oldest living thing in the British Isles. It is strangely apt that such a long lived tree – immortal by comparison to our own lifespans – should grow next to a church reputed to be haunted by an ‘angel of death’, known in local folklore as Angelystor.
The text, music and graphic score contained herein bring together folklore, history and personal narrative to explore the auditory world of St. Digain’s churchyard, tracing a passage through the waking consciousness of daytime and into the ‘dark night’ of Angelystor.