Welsh voice-over production made simple
As an established Welsh voice-over agency, Matinée has been providing a professional Welsh Voice-Over Service and Welsh Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Welsh voice talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether you are looking for Welsh voice-over artists for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or telephone messaging, we’ll supply the best Welsh voice talent for the job. We’ll time-sync the selected Welsh voice-over to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice. Or, we can lay back the Welsh audio onto your video and re-work the captions where necessary.
Check out our FAQs for more information and costs. To check the availability of our Welsh voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us today using the quick Quote form opposite. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
Voice-over selection and quotation in just three easy steps
1. browse the voice-over demos below and click PLAY to audition each casting sample
2. choose the voice(s) you like and click ADD to your Quick Quote, or DOWNLOAD a copy
3. complete the Quick Quote and we’ll check availability and costs, with a response in just 1 hour
A short history of the Welsh language
Welsh (Cymraeg) belongs to the Celtic language group, one of the nine branches of the Indo-European family of languages. It is one of the oldest languages in Europe – possibly dating back 4,000 years.
Celtic languages were spoken throughout Europe before the spread of the Roman Empire. The ones that survived were those that had migrated from the mainland to the western islands of Britain and Ireland during the Bronze Age or Iron Age.
Over time, Proto-Celtic divided into four sub-groups. Of these, two are now extinct (Gaulish and Hispano-Celtic). The others are Brittonic (which includes Welsh, Cornish and Breton, as well as the extinct languages of Cumbric and Pictish) and Goidelic (which includes Irish, Manx and Scottish Gaelic).
The Welsh language has faced significant threats over the years, particularly dilution by the influx of English-speaking workers to Wales during the Industrial Revolution; by 1911 it had become a minority language. There is now a huge drive to keep the language alive in Wales, with Welsh a compulsory subject in schools up to the age of 16. Read more
Which countries have Welsh as a national language?
Welsh has official status in Wales, and is recognised as a minority language in Patagonia, where there is a Welsh-speaking community descended from late 19th century Welsh immigrants.
How many people speak Welsh as their first language?
Approximately 20% of the population of Wales (over 500,000 people) speak Welsh – 12% fluently. It is estimated that around 40,000 Patagonians speak Welsh as their first or second language.
Did you know…
- There are three main varieties of Welsh: North Wales Welsh (Gog), South Wales Welsh (Hwntw) and Patagonian Welsh (Cymraeg y Wladfa).
- Henry VIII’s Act of Union in 1536 not only fixed English sovereignty over Wales, but also prohibited the use of Welsh in public administration and the legal system.
- Various acts passed by the Welsh Assembly state that Welsh and English must be treated equally, with official literature issued in both languages, as well as road signs. There is a dedicated Welsh language TV channel (S4C) as well as radio station (BBC Radio Cymru).
- Welsh words that have passed into the English language include bard, cart, crag, coracle, dad, druid, flummery and mither.
The Welsh economy
The Welsh economy is the 10th largest of the UK’s 12 regions, ahead of Northern Ireland and the North East of England. It is dominated by the service sector (66% of GVA), followed by manufacturing (32%).