Monday 3rd May - The Royal Tour
This week, in honour of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales we are off to look at the music of Wales.
Wales is often referred to as 'The Land of Song'. Singing is a huge part of the Welsh identity (along with rugby!). Choirs and choral singing are a part of Welsh tradition. Turn back 300 years and the Welsh communities would work in the mines and singing was used to come together to forget about the hardship and danger of work. Singing has continued to thrive and Male Voice Choirs in particular have a strong tradition. It is not unusual to find a choir popping up before, after and in half time at a ruby game to lead the crowd in rousing Welsh songs.
"Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" is the unofficial national anthem of Wales.1]The title is translated to English as "Land of My Fathers".