AbstractConnections between Welsh cultural identity (“Welshness”) and choral singing derive from the 19th century, when music and literary competitions (eisteddfodau) were standardized, hymn singing sessions (cymanfoedd canu) were established and community choirs became popular throughout Wales. This paper aims to describe present-day Welshness and choir associations using insights from cognitive science (Rosch 1975; Lakoff 1987; Koch 2004; Evans 2007). Age and gender differences in Welsh identities are discussed and interpreted. Drawing from a variety of disciplines, this paper looks at music, meaningfulness, and cultural identity, and offers theoretical and methodological implications for future research.
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