St. Mary's Church, High Halden, Kent - 28th April 2012

On April 28th, after a four year absence, the Gwalia returned to St. Mary’s Church in the village of High Halden in Kent. St. Mary’s is a 12th Century church and is very unusual in that it has a very attractive wooden front in the shape of an Oast house . The Gwalia gave its usual varied programme of traditional Welsh hymns & folk songs, interspersed with more modern upbeat numbers such as “Rhythm of Life”. Our guest soloist was a Polish soprano called Anna Jurec, who is one of our conductor Janet Haney’s students. She sang two Puccini numbers called “O mio babbino caro” and “Quando me’n vo”. This was followed by a light-hearted number called “Meine Lippen” by Lehar. Part way through the song, Anna walked down the aisle and proceeded to dance with a male member of the audience, whilst continuing to sing all the while. This really impressed the audience who gave her a standing ovation at the end of this song. The choir’s own George Formby – second tenor Geoff Rogers - gave us a wonderful rendition on his vintage ukulele of “When I’m cleaning windows” and baritone Lionel Griffiths recited his very entertaining poem called “Summertime” – a musical journey - in which he gave 17 song excerpts and in which a total of 39 musicals are mentioned.

40 years singing with the Gwalia

Hearty congratulations to Bryan Howells (2nd tenor) who has now been singing with the Gwalia for forty years. Bryan joined the choir in the autumn of 1969 - just after the first Moon landing! Bryan is our longest serving member and we hope he remains with us for many more years to come.

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - 17th March 2012

Singing at the Grand Slam!!

The Gwalia Male Voice Choir was seen by millions on television on 17th March when they sang on the pitch at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium ahead of the Wales v France 6 Nations rugby international. Choir chairman Steve Davies said "It was a huge honour to be invited by The Welsh Rugby Union to take part in the pre-match preparations, and we all enjoyed the day tremendously, especially as Wales won the Grand Slam. Singing in front of 75,000 fans was just out of this world." The engagement followed the Choir singing live on the St David's Day edition of the Robert Elms Show on BBC Radio London on 1st March, which marked the start of the Gwalia's 45th Anniversary year.

St Paul’s Cathedral, London - 10th May 2011

The Gwalia were honoured to appear at St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 10th May 2011 for evensong and the dedication of a memorial by the British Antarctic Monument Trust. The memorial plaque in the crypt remembers those who have lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science, and the Trust is chaired by Gwalia member Roderick Rhys Jones.

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