Welsh Male Voice Choirs – A Great Part of Welsh Culture
Choral music has been important to Wales for centuries. Many choral works of music are performed to this day in Wales through the many Welsh male choirs that are spread around the country. These all male choirs are especially popular in the southern valleys of and there is even a formal group that supports these institutions.
A male choir is a group of male only singers; each one of these choirs can have dozens of members with each having different parts to play in the choir. In most cases one of these choirs will have boys singing treble notes and men singing alto notes. Some choirs will feature a TTBB format that features two tenors, a bass and a baritone. Also, a group can sing in either the English or Welsh language.
These choirs have been important to Welsh culture for generations. During the turn of the twentieth century they became popular among coal miners in the southern Welsh valleys. Despite the fact that the coal industry has died out in the valleys these choirs are still popular and many still perform to this day.
Over the years many different groups have proven to be successful. For instance, in the Rhondda Valley the Treorchy Male Choir has been performing for more than 120 years at venues all around the world. Also, Swansea’s Morriston Orpheus Choir has been performing for more than seventy years and has also toured across the globe. Many other smaller groups, including the Beaufort, Worrall and Tenby Male Choirs, perform around Wales too.
Today these groups are supported by one major institution, the Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs, which can be found online at welshassociationmalechoirs.com, this is a group that works as a means of communication between choirs and as a means of promoting this style of music. The group offers many programs throughout the year including the annual Joint Festival of Massed Male Voices.
These choirs are some of the most unique groups of people in Welsh culture as they are and have been important to Welsh culture for generations and are still highly popular throughout the world today.