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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

The BBC reports that the Welsh national anthem has won out in an academic study which looks to measure "sing-ability" of patriotic songs.

They say that a musicologist has found that people are more willing to join in with a chorus from Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau than the UK's official anthem, God Save the Queen, and USA's Star-Spangled Banner:

The French anthem La Marseillaise topped a list produced by experts at the universities of York and London. It was rated with a "sing-along-ability" score of 50.98% with Wales second on 41.81%.

This compares with Australia (36.03%), Germany (31.71%), Canada (31.53%), USA (30.35%), Great Britain (30.22%) and Scotland (25.84%), although neither the Welsh or Scottish songs are official anthems.

Has anybody told John Redwood?
Well, no one at the National Library of Wales when it celebrated it's 100th anniversary seemed to have any trouble singing it http://youtu.be/gKsw6xFRISc
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