Avanc at the National Library of Wales
An important aspect of traditional music is researching and discovering music that has been collected by musicologists of the past. The National Library of Wales holds an extensive collection of manuscripts containing such music, much of which has been digitised. Avanc – The Youth Folk Ensemble of Wales, have spent several sessions with Nia Mai Daniel Head of Manuscripts, Visual Images, Maps and Music Unit at NLW exploring their digital archives and many of the tunes found in this incredible resource have made their way into Avanc’s repertoire. We have collated the tunes that Avanc have found and present them here, each melody having been chosen by a member of the project. On this resource page you will find copies of the tunes in their original manuscripts as well as transcriptions and links to where you can view the digitised archives.