LW Mag - Gwalia Report - Feb 2018

The Gwalia at the Autumn Internationals


The recent Wales v New Zealand autumn international at the Prudential Stadium in Cardiff, saw the Gwalia combine with three other Welsh choirs to provide the pre-match entertainment and National Anthems, directed as usual by Haydn James. The choir was comprised of the Gwalia, Côr Meibion Machynlleth , Côr Meibion Morlais, and John’s Boys, with the accompaniment coming from the ‘Central Band of the RAF’.

The quality of the combined choir on the pitch received many compliments, with none better than from Haydn’s report published on the RAF website.


…”Over the years, it has been a privilege to have conducted some of the very best choirs in the Principality and elsewhere, and Saturday at the Wales v New Zealand game was no exception. We had three Eisteddfod-winning choirs plus a choir with members drawn from two of the very best choirs in North Wales. Together, they produced a truly thrilling sound, and had clearly worked so hard to memorise everything, including the Maori words of a short Medley, and of course the New Zealand Anthem”……Haydn James


A big thank you goes to Haydn James for coordinating such a powerful occasion.

It's a shame we lost the match, although Haydn did suggest that next time the choir ought to remain on the field and help with the ‘tackling’!


The choir were filmed throughout the day and the footage was shown on Breakfast TV as part of a documentary on the psychological benefits of collective song during stressful moments.




Gwalia & French Connection


Shortly after the Gwalia's 50th anniversary concert, November saw them host a very successful joint concert with the choir.. 'Choeur Agache'  from Perenchies  in Northern France.

It was a very enjoyable evening with an interesting mix of styles between the two choirs. The Choir Agache even treating the audience to a selection of traditional French songs alongside Van Gellis (Conquest of Paradise) and a wonderfully humorous number involving a rousing male lead and the donning of hats.

The Mayor of Perenchies accompanied them on this, their first trip to London, and he enjoyed the occasion so much the Gwalia have been formally invited to France later in the year for a joint concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.




The Great Northern Hotel and the Sepsis Trust


The first xmas charity concert was at the Grade 1 listed Great Northern Hotel where the Gwalia sang a mixture of traditional Welsh songs were interspersed with well-known Carols.

The evening was organised by the owner of the Great Northern Hotel, Jeremy Robson, and was held in aid of 'The Sepsis Trust'.

It was hosted by Lord Michael Grade with the underlying theme of the event being to raise awareness of Sepsis, which surprisingly, for such a dangerous condition, gets very little media attention.

Throughout the evening, people who have been affected by this serious condition gave emotional first-hand accounts of their experiences.


Festive end to the year.


The last charity event of the year was a joint Xmas Concert at Ewen Hall, Chipping Barnet,  which featured the Gwalia and the entertaining and lively mixed choir, 'Choirs R Us', conducted by Jenny Bennett.

The varied programme,  was well received by a packed audience, with a finale that involved both choirs on stage, singing ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’. The audience joined in, which made for a very festive mood. Huge thanks goes to Jenny Gould for being our guest accompanist as such short notice.

The charity evening had a very positive atmosphere and resulted in a magnificent sum of £2,030 raised on the night on behalf of the North London Samaritans.


 John Ball

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