Welsh Choirs

By Rick Steves

Wafting through pubs and churches across Wales, one of the most enduring features of that seductive culture is the sound of its choirs. You'll hear them either practicing, performing, or simply taking musical victory laps for the sheer love of song. Every town has a choir (men's or mixed) that practices weekly. Visitors are usually welcome to observe, and very often follow the choir down to the pub afterwards for a good, old-fashioned, beer-lubricated singsong.

Take in a weekly evening choir practice at one of the following towns in North Wales (note that some towns have more than one choir, and schedules are subject to change — confirm the schedule with a local TI or your B&B before making the trip): Ruthin (mixed choir at Tabernacle Church on Thursdays except August), Llangollen (two men's choirs: Fridays except January at Hand Hotel, pub singsong afterward; the other choir meets Wednesdays at Neuadd Goffa on High Street), Denbigh (men's choir meets Tuesdays at the Eirianfa Centre), Llandudno (men's choir rehearsals on Mondays and Wednesdays except August, near Conwy), and Caernarfon (Tuesdays in the gallery at Victoria Dock, no practice in August).

Additionally, many of these groups regularly perform concerts — inquire locally for the latest schedule.