If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called "If You Only Read 6 Things This Week". According to Williams, “Having a sense of tradition and national pride gives confidence to all aspiring Tom Joneses and Shirley Basseys, as singing is very much a part of our identity. Welsh Singers is an actor, known for How Green Was My Valley (1941). This well-known Welsh landscape painter and printmaker suffered from depression and epilepsy and because of the latter he failed a British Army’s medical examination. If you were born in Wales, moved there as a child or later on, it’s odds on you’re one of the 80% of the population who don’t speak the language. 6 at the Italian-inspired Portmeirion village; and one of opera world’s most prestigious events, the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World biennial competition (where Wales’ own Bryn Terfel first found fame). Without actually moving back home, I did the only thing I knew that would put me in touch with fellow Welshies: I looked for a Welsh choir. So i can say it thats all. Prof Gareth Williams, emeritus history professor at the University of South Wales acknowledges that “the consonantal nature of the [Welsh] language, like Italian and German, lends itself to clearly articulated expression.” In fact, Welsh was apparently used as the basis for the Elvish language in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings partly due to its melodic, ethereal nature. DIGITAL SPY, PART OF THE HEARST UK ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK. Registered in England. 10 October 1985. People could argue Charlotte Church is a great welsh singer. The truth is, I don’t meet many Welsh people in London, where I now live. Introducing the Soap Scoop podcast! To this day, everyone loves a Welsh choir!”. Anonymous. Sarah Gilford, Jessica Cale, Rachael Marsh, Osian Wyn Bowen and Rhys Batt will perform on Wednesday 13 May 2020 at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Andrew Greenwood. It won Best Welsh Album at the 2015 National Eisteddfod and the Welsh Music Prize. I am sure that GD meant no malice in his post. He was the first British singer to appear at La Scala Milan after the war. The list of world-class Welsh voices covers a vast range of music genres – featuring international stars Dame Shirley Bassey and Sir Tom Jones, classical singers Aled Jones and Kathleen Jenkins, pop divas Charlotte Church and Duffy, and indie bands the Manic Street Preachers, Super Furry Animals and the Stereophonics. The answer lies in the culture. Singing is part of Welsh identity and tradition – but why? The melody and lyrics of this hymn are so beautiful, they'll touch your soul. My favourite Irish singer among the tenors is Joseph Locke, and among the younger ones, Daniel O'Donnel. Farmer turned opera singer...it can only happen to a welshman. Welsh people are not more genetically predisposed to 'singing well' than any other people, as far as I am aware. “Being able to pitch the correct note can be a challenge for those who have not been brought up singing in schools like most of us are in Wales.”, To this day, everyone loves a Welsh choir. I reckon this gives them "training" in music without them even knowing. 1. It doesn’t have a direct translation into English, but means a soulful yearning for your homeland (of Wales). The Welsh are "unfriendly" and "rude", finds report by their own tourist board . You only need to hear the crowd singing Bread of Heaven at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to witness this.”, Prof Williams perhaps sums it up best with a quote from Milton Shulman’s 1953 review of the film Valley of Song in the Evening Standard: “There are many things you can say about a Welshman, but never be rude about his larynx.”. [1] The Competition is open to Welsh singers at the early stages of their career. Singing is in my people as sight is in the eye. When, in 1895, Treorky Male Choir sang for Queen Victoria in St George’s Hall, Windsor, suited and booted, the Queen is said to have remarked ‘They behaved like gentlemen and sang like angels’. Is it something in the air perhaps? 08 January 1937. Welsh Superstar Mezzo Soprano Katherine Jenkins OBE officially became the world's most successful Classical singer this year after she was crowned 'The Biggest Selling Classical Artist of the Century' by Classic FM. Marina Diamandis. Favourite answer. She now performs solo with her latest album Y Dydd Olaf on Heavenly Recordings released in 2015. Numerous factors go into one’s ability to sing. Welsh Female Singers Pop Singers. 1. —Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864) “ Never does one feel oneself so utterly helpless as in trying to speak comfort for great bereavement. Good singers are born with an amazing ‘instrument’ that includes lungs with superb vital capacity, exceptional breath control, and a larynx that allows them to stretch and squash their vocal cords to achieve the desired vocal range. Why is it that Welsh people on the whole are such good singers? As in my case, for you the main answer to the question “Why learn Welsh” could be your family background. I'm welsh and live in South Wales and when I go on the stragecoach bus every week I hear 20 old welsh OAPS chattering away, and they sound like headless chickens. Time is the only comforter for the loss of a mother. And this is true; we as a nation grow up singing in school, at parties, in church. Singer. Fast-forward to the 18th Century and we see Wales really lay the foundation for its label as the ‘Land of Song’. The fact is some people are just born with a naturally great singing voice. The bardic tradition of the eisteddfod (the name given to a festival of poetry and music) can be traced back to the 12th Century. There is no stigma attached to men singing in Wales, or in fact anyone singing in public. What's the problem? The Welsh, coincidentally, have a word for it: hiraeth. It’s not a pop song, but a hymn; and you’re not at a concert, but a rugby match. Why We Are What We Are is a BBC Travel series examining the characteristics of a country and investigating whether they are true. “Anyone can be taught to sing to a basic standard,” Williams said. 3. But since she's very opera like it hides her accent better. But then this is not hypothetical; it’s reality, just a regular match day at the Principality Stadium in the Welsh capital of Cardiff. Utter nonsense, and quite naughty Grand Dizzy! Public singing is not confined to the chapel, either. 9 years ago. I have no idea why the Welsh sing well. The best Welsh bands of all time. Musician Gwenno found fame in the Pipettes, where she was known as Gwenno Pipette. The Welsh Singers Competition (Welsh: Cystadleuaeth i Gantorion Cymreig), now called Welsh Singers Showcase, is a biennial singing competition that is held in Cardiff, Wales.The winner of the competition represents Wales in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World the following year. I think its part of the sing song accent isnt it? Singers tend to have greater connections between areas of the brain than non-singers. The Welsh, as a nation, don't have better voices than any other nation. Find out more about the greatest Welsh Singers, including Shirley Bassey, Charlotte Church, Shaheen Jafargholi, Bryn Terfel and Wynne Evans. Gwahoddiad. - Aled Jones, Cerys Mathews, Tom Jones, Burly Chassis (I mean shirley Bassey), Kathleen Jenkins, Bryn (that farmer turned opera singer bloke), not to mention all those male voice choirs. From Ivor Novello to Sir Tom Jones, Dame Shirley Bassey to Katherine Jenkins, Only Boys Aloud to Stereophonics, we are not afraid to use our voices (even though there are only three million of us). The influx of migrants to Wales from the British countryside and abroad, seeking work in the ever-expanding coal and iron industries, saw huge population increases to the country. Shirley Bassey. Research has suggested that singing with someone else is not the same as singing alone, nor the same as singing with an instrument, because singing with others involves neurological areas related to human social interaction, empathy and coordination. Chwarae Teg. So, maybe I can’t claim that all Welsh people can sing (my great aunt is case in point; sorry Aunty Denise), but what I can say for sure is that all Welsh people are singers. At the recent National Eisteddfod in Cardiff, while the crowd waited for the singing competition results, the entire auditorium of the Wales Millennium Centre spontaneously started singing in beautiful harmony. Being Welsh and singing seem to go hand in hand, it is just something we all do, even if we don’t quite know why. London Welsh Chorale : A Century of Welsh Music Review: The London Welsh Chorale's second CD: Cennin Aur - A Century of Welsh Music charts the progress of choral music in Wales over the last hundred years. The Welsh language has played a key role in the promotion of the Welsh culture. We even compete in the National Eisteddfod, the largest festival of competitive poetry and music in Europe. I wouldn't say that all Welsh people are good singers, if you think that you should check out karaoke night in any pub in Cardiff! 1 Answer. Yes, I blame my Welsh nature for reacting to irrationally and hot-headedly. We are a musical nation. The national calendar is filled with festivals, concerts and events encompassing all types of singing – including the National Eisteddfod, which travels to a different venue each year; the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (where Pavarotti made his first international appearance); Festival No. I do end up with a headache wherever I go though. The most recent work being In My Craft by Geraint Lewis, a commission to celebrate the life of Dylan Thomas whose daughter Aeronwy was one of the Chorale's vice presidents for many years. Anonymous. Famous People From Wales. Some people think welsh people are good at singing , when, im not saying they are lying, but they are no good than you think they are. Why are some people naturally good at singing? I would describe myself as tone deaf. I always thought that it probably has something to do with the fact that the Welsh accent and also their language is very "musical". 3 1. Welsh Singers Showcase 2020 Congratulations to the five talented young singers who have reached this year’s final concert of the Welsh Singers Showcase. One of the Royal Opera's biggest ever stars, the Welsh bass-baritone was acclaimed for more than 70 roles including Mozart's Figaro - which he sang more than 500 times - Papageno in ‘The Magic Flute’, and the title roles in ‘Falstaff’ (pictured) and ‘Wozzeck’. You may also be interested in:• Did Syria create the world’s first song?• The country that cuddles with a purpose• Why people think Germans aren’t funny. The tradition of singing has been collectively handed down from generation to generation. In unfamiliar new surroundings they found solace and sociability in song. View image of Welsh people are known to have two great passions: rugby and singing (Credit: Credit: Jeff Morgan 06/Alamy), used as the basis for the Elvish language, View image of The Welsh word 'hiraeth' means a soulful yearning for your homeland, particularly Wales (Credit: Credit: Nick Hatton/Alamy), View image of Singing helped unite new mining communities in Wales (Credit: Credit: Daily Herald Archive/Getty Images), Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, View image of There is no stigma attached to men singing in Wales, which has led to the rise of male singing groups like Only Boys Aloud (Credit: Credit: Polly Thomas/Alamy), spontaneously started singing in beautiful harmony, View image of A woman sings with the Welsh flag in the background (Credit: Credit: Daniel Jones/Alamy), sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter. I think it is a bit strong to say it is utter nonsense, he was only exploring possibilities that may cause the Welsh to sing well. (or listen to Charlotte Church - god that bint is fecking awful lol!) Picture: Tim Roney/Getty Images Of course all of them don't, I have a large Welsh family and not all of them have great voices. “In unfamiliar new surroundings they found solace and sociability in song, for in a materially poor society the voice was the most democratic of instruments; it cost nothing, for most of us have a voice. Stereophonics in 2001. When you here them talk they go very up and down the scales and jump from one extreme to another. Why is it that Welsh people on the whole are such good singers? Picture this: you’re in a filled-to-capacity stadium with around 75,000 other people, and pretty much everyone is singing. If anything, it’s encouraged, helped by the fact that a choir will be on the pitch pre-match, at half-time and post-match to guide the crowd through the customary Welsh rugby repertoire – a series of traditional hymns (Calon Lân, Cwm Rhonnda, Gwahoddiad) that you may also hear at a standard Welsh wedding or funeral around the country.