LW Mag - Gwalia Report - August 2018


A ‘Relaxed’ Gwalia taking-in the good weather

After a bitterly cold and hectic first quarter of 2018, the Gwalia’s early summer workload has thankfully followed the beautiful weather and become a more leisurely affair. Good timing, as It’s given our new Musical Director [Wyn Hyland] a great opportunity to assess the current programme, introducing various new numbers, while re-introducing crowd-pleasers from the past.

The new combination of Wyn and our new accompanist Chris Ducket will be galvanising the choir over the next couple of months, leading up to a number of concerts.


Concert for the Norwich Welsh Society  on Sept 22

This will be a charity concert that all are welcome to attend.
The Gwalia have historical ties with this venue, and it will be wonderful to spend a couple of days in Norwich, hopefully meeting up with a few old acquaintances.

In October we are looking forward to taking part in the Bloomsbury Festival and the Concert with the other Welsh male choirs in London at a concert in Jewin chapel to mark the 60th anniversary of  the Welsh school.

Concerts in France - Commemorating the centenary of the Armistice. 9-12 Nov

Following the Gwalia’s successful tour of the region in 2016, and Choeur Agache's vist to London last October we have been invited by the local Mayor of Perenchies , near Lille, to take part in two concerts to commemorate the above.

Although being a sombre occasion, the different styles of the choirs will complement each other and hopefully once again receive a wonderful reception by an audience that on our last visit seemed to comprise the whole town.


Great Weather for Weddings

It was a hot, old-fashioned June summers day, when the Gwalia led the wedding congregation at Southwark, ‘The Church of the Precious Blood’ on Saturday 30th. A predominately Welsh hymn set, was led by guest conductor Haydn James and accompanied by David  Harvey. Many thanks to both, for doing such a sterling job after standing-in at very short notice.
Well done to everyone who attended, and also for coping well with the extreme temperature up in the balcony. Also, well done for the Bride who entered the church with impeccable timing to the start of Calon Lan.
As always, it was a very joyous occasion, with added interest during the event coming from the priest’s microphone being still on as we sang during the signing of the register, and the frequent roars from the nearby pubs, whenever there was a world cup goal.

A perfect wedding day. Hopefully the weather will still be as good when we sing in the open air at a wedding reception in a house in Surrey at the end of July.



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