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Singing for Solidarity

Roderick Williams explores how singing together is at the heart of being human and the social bonds we make.

Roderick Williams explores how singing together is at the heart of being human and the social bonds we make. From protest songs and football chants, to work choirs and national anthems choral singing has been used to galvanise people around ideas, emotions and causes. Roderick Williams is usually a solo singer of international renown but here seeks out the experience of singing as part of a huge chorus performing Mahler's Second Symphony in order to "feel the air vibrate" and hears from Roger Scruton about the ideological power of a choir singing in four part harmony. He hears from singers in workplace and protest choirs as well as members of the West Albion Away Singing Section about how singing together can emphasise common purpose and raise the emotional temperature.

Producer: Natalie Steed for BBC Wales.

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30 minutes