March - May 2019

St David's Day at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

 March 1st saw the Gwalia back at the iconic premises of the Oxford & Cambridge Club in Pall Mall.

The club’s annual St David’s Day dinner was the usual mix of a formal programme during the dinner, and the later informality of a vocal collaboration when the members and choir retired to the members bar.    The regular visit to the O&C is always a pleasurable occasion, and the Gwalia are always well looked after during their time in the members bar.   


Springfest at West Hampstead

During April, the Gwalia once again took part in this annual charity event, raising money for Marie Currie Cancer Care.    It was held at the Emmanuel Church, with 5 choirs performing a varied programme to a large and appreciative audience. The choirs involved were Belsize Community Choir, Gwalia, Cor Dinas Choir [formerly known as Cor Llunsain] Cantereas and the Fortune Green Choir, with the audience joining in during the finale. Many of the audience stayed after the concert to chat over nibbles and a glass or two of wine.    

The feedback was ‘Your attendance, musicianship and general good nature and enthusiasm were all so much appreciated.  So many people afterwards said they thought the standard of the choirs and the wonderful variety of music was higher than ever’.    These interactions between choir members and audience should be encouraged as they are a wonderful vehicle for spreading the Welsh culture.    


Old Deer Park

Later in April, London Welsh RFC played their final match of the season, and the Gwalia joined the LW Rugby Choir at Old Deer Park to provide pre-match and post-match entertainment. The match was the Final of the Middlesex Bowl, with London Welsh RFC capping off a great season with a 34-12 win over Finsbury Park.   Needless to say, the celebrations and bar repertoire ran on for a very long time.


Upcoming Concerts in May  

The Gwalia are now preparing for 2 concerts in May.    The first is at St Mary’s Church, Horton Kirby. This a regular bi-annual visit where the proceeds are in aid of the church restoration. This engagement has been running for many years, and many good friendships have built up over that time.  The church is always full, as the village appreciates the commitment of the choir to the venue.    The programme is always varied and informal, with interesting solo performances not normally associated with a male choir.

The second concert will be a very lively one, as the Gwalia take part in a joint concert with the ‘Richmond Rock Choir’.    The Concert is in aid of the charity ‘Learning English at Home’, and is being held at Duke St. Church, Richmond on May 29th………….All are welcome


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