In this collection of essays, a group of musical enthusiasts assess the international careers of great Welsh soloists in the context of the national musical tradition. These individual careers are examined against the background of wider local traditions such as the Eisteddfod, religious festivals and male voice choirs. The emphasis of the book will be on the classical and operatic but the sheer variety and perpetually evolving nature of popular music in Wales is reflected in both general essays and in studies of two of the country's most successful entertainers. The book includes detailed chapters of Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel, alongside contemporary music phenomenons such as The Stereophonics, Catatonia and the Manic Street Preachers.
Trevor Herbert is a professor at the Open University specialising in the history and performance cultures of brass instruments. He has written publications on music and the military and edited works on Welsh history. Peter Stead is a writer, broadcaster, and professor at the University of South Wales.
Introduction Robert Rees(Eos Morlais) The Welsh Tenors Geraint Evans Gwyneth Jones Margaret Price Siuart Burrows Gwyinte Howell Trevor Herbert and Peter Stead Hywel Teifi Edwards Kenneth Bowen Patrick Hannan Robert Bideleux Rian Evans Phil George Barric Morgan Robert Tear Dennis O'Neil Bryn Terfel The Choir Tom Jones Shirley Bassey Light Entertainment Kelly, Cerys and James Dean Bradfield Peter Stead Frank Lincoln Geraint Lewis Gareth Williams Trevor Herbert Dai Smith Dewi Griffiths Dai Griffiths