The sound of Cardiff: how choirs build community

Choral singing is a central part of Welsh history and culture. How do specific groups contribute to communities in Cardiff?

DeciBelles Cardiff choir
The Cardiff University DeciBelles are animated during a rehearsal.

What does Cardiff sound like? It’s a broad question, but the city boasts a long and impressive choral history. Attend an event in Cardiff and you’re likely to come across a performance—planned or spontaneous, professional or amateur. The choirs often represent or foster a sense of community in Cardiff, based on social groups, neighbourhoods, school affiliation and more.

Use the map below to take a trip around Cardiff, listening to the voices that define these communities. Explore the groups’ unique identities, with a particular spotlight on the Cardiff University groups offering a fun, musical opportunity for students.