Gwalia Report Sept-Nov 2018


Gwalia sing at Prince Charles' 70th birthday celebrations

The Gwalia were recently honoured to sing at Prince Charles' birthday celebrations at the London Palladium, with proceeds going to the Princes Trust. Members of the Choir joined forces with members of the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir, the Kingdom Choir and a host of stars including comedians Armstrong & Miller, Omid Djalili, Sandi Toksvig, Rowan Atkinson, the magicians Penn & Teller, Dynamo and superstar Kylie Minogue. The choirs came on stage to accompany Bill Bailey during the finale, with the Band of the Welsh Guards, before lining up backstage to welcome the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall as they met the cast.

The televised event was sponsored by ITV, and was broadcast on 13.11.2018.


A Norwich Welsh Re-union

After the summer break, what a wonderful way to start off the autumn schedule. The Gwalia had been invited to perform by the Norwich Welsh Society, with proceeds going to the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK. 

A weekend in Norwich culminated in a concert at the Chapel Field Road Church, where a near full capacity audience, numbering between 500-600, were treated to a vibrant and varied programme.  There were many old acquaintances revisited, and the choir was treated to a huge pre-concert meal, which even the Gwalia couldn’t finish in one sitting. [A first]. The atmosphere was well described by a thank-you poem from Sophie Yeomans;

The power and passion of Gwalia Male voice choir,
On that special evening at Norwich Methodist church, 
It’s still with me! 
Everyone’s face was lit with bliss
listening to the direct distinctive sound.
Indeed it reached into my heart like this;
Woke my spirit and sent it soaring!
Such an honour to be in the presence
Of life enhancing emotions
Guided by the piano!


Bloomsbury Festival and Party Night

Once again the Gwalia opened up a rehearsal evening for public involvement. After the rehearsal a group of them followed the choir up to the bar where they enjoyed a noisy party vibe, as it coincided with food and an open bar, generously supplied by Gwalia’s John Taylor, who was celebrating his 70th birthday. It was a really enjoyable evening that has ‘set the bar’ for future 70th birthdays. [There’s going to be a lot of people who will be 69 for a very, very, very long time.]



The first wedding performance of the autumn was at St Michael’s Church in Ashford, Middx. A beautiful Grade 2 listed church created by the famous architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The pre-ceremony singing lasted an unusually long time, but the acoustics were so beautiful it was a pleasure to perform. If only more venues had such quality.


Gwalia to commemorate WW1 Armistice Centenary

 The Gwalia will now turn their attention to their forthcoming performances in Northern France, with a series of concerts, around the town of Perenchies near Lille. These will include joint performances with local choirs, Choeur Agache, and St Leger de Pérenchies,  in which we sing the Marseillaise and a ‘French’ version of the Vangelis classic ‘Conquest of Paradise’.


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