various works of literature, Wales is depicted as "Land of Song". This is also the case in "How
green was my valley" by Richard Llewllyn that describes life in a
coal-mining district in South Wales during the reign of Queen Victoria.
passage describes how
the miners return to work after a strike. Their leader starts singing:
soon as they heard his voice, tenors and altos waited for their turn, then the
baritones and basses, and then the women and children. As soon as all singing
started, all the doors opened all the way down the hill. (…) I heard the rich
voices rising in many harmonies, borne upward upon the mists which flew from
singing mouths (…) and round about us the valley echoed with the hymn…"
The singing in church services is described later in the book: "The hymn, then, (…) More hymns and everybody singing strong and deep and marvellous on the beat, with the last two words of each verse falling upon us from the roof, and the pauses for breath filled in by the sounding glory of one of the tone just flown".
Singing also played a big part in family life
– Boxing Day with the Morgan family and their friends: "So big was the harp in the kitchen that the
harpist had to sit in the doorway. (…) But the fingers of Miss Jenkins on the
strings of the harp took all feeling from us, excepting the joy of song and the
desire to sing. Songs and part-songs, cantatas, arias and dance melodies, hymns
and psalms. (…) Now the men singing, now the women!" 
Keen Anglicists have, after thorough analysis of
the poems of Dylan Thomas, provided
the clear proof that the strongly formal emphasis in his works derives
exclusively from his Welsh origins and therefore from his ancestry from the old
bards of the 6th century.
Dylan Thomas never played the harp, he made do with the sound of his voice – and it was a voice that stayed in the memory of all who had once heard it! (cf. enclosed recordings!)
In the ,Final
Report‘ by the Royal Commission on University Education in Wales of 1918
"It may, indeed, be said without
exaggeration that Wales is a land of singers, and that she has the power of
making, in music, a contribution to the art of the world which is comparable to
the highest achievements of painting or poetry or sculpture. The beauty and
variety of her folk-songs, the strength and dignity of her traditional
hymn-tunes, her gift of spontaneous part-singing and of ready improvisation all
combine into an endowment of natural resources which, if fully utilized, will
place her among the first musical countries(...)“
I believe that this may still be said today…!