Joining a choir
I joined the Cardiff Blues choir about six years ago when it was formed because of the S4C television programme "Codi Canu". The choir was established at that time to be part of a competition between local rugby teams to bring back singing on the terraces. We had a lot of fun at that time learning the rugby songs and enjoyed the friendly rivalries between the choirs of the other rugby teams.
 
After the series ended, the decision was made to carry on with the choir. Since then, we have competed in many places including the National Eisteddfod. To compete there, every song had to be sung in Welsh, which was a challenge for some of us who don’t speak it. Although it is a lot of effort, everyone helps each other and we have a lot of fun. We also had a trip to Spain two years ago which was a great experience.
 
This is no hardship of course, going to the pub after practice every week is something we all look forward to. There's nothing better than having "sing was song" to relax after focusing so hard to get the notes right. I’m not sure I would be happy to carry on with the choir if there was no Welsh spoken – there is something unique about the language that makes it very special.

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