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April 3, 2011

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There had been singing in Wales for centuries, formally in monasteries and cathedrals, informally in taverns and ale-houses, but it is with the industrial history of Wales that the popular mind associates the Welsh male voice choir and the popular mind is right.

Find out why from Professor Gareth Williams of Glamorgan’s History Division, writing for the Western Mail

Pendyrus Choir c. 1924 (Photograph)

Pendyrus Choir c. 1924

March 2, 2010

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» Crucifixion in Cilfynydd


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THE HISTORY SOCIETY PRESENTS ... GARETH WILLIAMS

The image of Wales as ‘the land of song’ is based on the renown and immense popularity of its choral singing, particularly among the coalfield communities of the valleys. This period was also a period of great sporting success, for in this economically buoyant Wales its rugby and boxing champions were as internationally known as its widely-travelled choirs. But they seem to represent two quite different kinds of cultural activity.

The disorder, gambling, throwing missiles and spectator violence that were the order of the day on the rugby grounds of Wales seem a world away from the well mannered and restrained behaviour of respectable eisteddfod and chapel choristers. Or was it?

John Stainer’s ‘Crucifixion’ was a popular choral work of this period and there were crucifixions in Cilfynydd and throughout the valleys in this golden age of collective popular culture, as this musically-illustrated lecture will show.

The Glamorgan University History Society presents Professor Gareth Williams as guest lecturer on Tuesday, 2nd March, 5pm, D112. All welcome / Croeso i bawb.

Please contact 03020002@glam.ac.uk for more details.
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February 9, 2009

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» Seminar Invitation: Welsh Popular Music

Rebecca Edwards: ‘ “Escape from our history“: finding Welsh History in Welsh Popular Music’ - Wednesday 11th February 2009

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Rebecca Edwards will speak at the next seminar in the Centre for Modern and Contemporary Wales series.

Dr Edwards recently completed her PhD, entitled ‘To show from where we came; Cool Cymru, pop and identity in Wales in the 1990s’.

She has published in Contemporary Wales and is currently working for Cardiff University. She will be talking about looking for history in pop music from Wales, and why it matters.

The Seminar will take place in D31 at 2pm. All welcome. Croeso i bawb.