Repertoire


The Gwalia have been giving Concerts and performing at Corporate events of all sizes, weddings, charity events and small private functions for almost 50 years. In that time we have developed a very broad repertoire with some surprising pieces that will not only move but also delight and sometimes even amuse your guests. Whether you wish to entertain clients or to inspire your colleagues and friends, we can provide a varied and flexible programme of pieces which will ensure that your event stays in the memory long after the final chorus has faded away.

In addition to a variety of Welsh numbers we also perform in Italian, German and several other languages - including English.

We perform songs from musicals, operatic pieces, contemporary classics, traditional Welsh hymns and folk tunes as well as popular hits. We are also happy to discuss individual pieces for particular clients, subject to a satisfactory musical arrangement being available.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays 7:30pm at the London Welsh Centre, 157 Grays Inn Rd, WC1X 8UE

Contact us today and we will be pleased to discuss your requirements.

  

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The following is a selection of our current CD, and our most requested wedding content.

 

CD Content

 

01.  O Gymru

 

Music: Rhys Jones. Lyrics: Leslie Harris. Arr. Aled Lloyd Davies.  © Cyhoeddiadau Sain, 1971

 

The words to are unashamedly patriotic proclaiming 'Gymru' and 'Walia' which, like 'Gwalia', are Welsh for Wales, and the song has become a sort of 'theme tune' for the Choir.

 

02.  Cole Porter Medley

Music & Lyrics: Cole Porter; Arr. Alan Simmons.  © Warner Chappell Music Ltd, 1929, 1935, 1948, 1949, 1955

The Choir enjoys performing this medley of great songs by Cole Porter. Another Openin', Another Show; Just One Of Those Things; You Do Something To Me; So In Love and Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire.

 

03.  Lisa Lan

Trad.Arr. Brian Hughes. © Cyhoeddiadau Curiad, 1994

 

The beautiful Lisa Lanis a sad song about unrequited love in which the lover says at the end 'I hope as my dear friend you will come to the side of my grave'.

 

 

04.  Delilah

 

Music & Lyrics: Les Reed & Barry Mason; Arr. Haydn James. © Donna Music Ltd.

 

The Gwalia was privileged to sing this famous Tom Jones song as part of the choir on the pitch in Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium, when Wales defeated France to win the 2012 Six Nations Grand Slam. 

 

 

05.  Deep Harmony

 

Music: Handel Parker. Lyrics: David Charles. Arr. James Hearn ©

 

James Hearn has produced this lovely arrangement. A hymn of praise and plea for succour from 'O great Jesus' (O Jesu mawr).

 

 

06.  Make You Feel My Love

 

Music and Lyrics: Bob Dylan: © Special Rider Music, 1997. As sung by Adele:© Universal Music. Arr. Jetse Bremer.

 

The composer was a young Jewish folk-singer from Minnesota called Robert Zimmerman who so admired the works of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas that he changed his name to Bob Dylan. This arrangement of Adele's 2008 version is the first time it has been recorded by a male choir.

 

 

07.  Pan Fo’r Nos Yn Hir

 

Music: Ryan Davies. Lyrics: Ryan Davies & Ellis Jones. Arr. Haydn James.  © Ryan Davies.

 

The lyrics to the second verse of this beautiful ballad (When night is long) were written by the late Ellis Jones who was the Treasurer of the Gwalia for many years. Irene, the widow of all-round entertainer and composer Ryan Davies, has kindly given permission for this arrangement by Haydn James.

 

 

08.  Kalinka  (Soloist: Dave Sweet)

 

Trad.English Lyrics: Nancy Bush Arr. AV Alexandrov. © The Workers' Music Association, 1967

 

A traditional Russian folk song arranged by Alexandrov for his famous Red Army Ensemble, here translated into English except for the last verse which Dave does in Welsh!

 

 

09.  Rhys

 

Music: WJ Evans. Lyrics: Elfed. Arr.James Hearn. © Cyhoeddiadau Curiad 1997.

 

Better known by his Bardic name Elfed,W E Lewis,a former minister at King’s Cross Chapel,wrote the words to, a hymn in which 'Hedd' (Peace) recurs in each verse of this superb arrangement by James Hearn.

 

 

10.  Va Pensiero

 

Music: Giuseppe Verdi. Lyrics: Temistocle Solera. Arr. Sydney Northcote. © G Ricordi & Co Ltd, 1962

 

The choir tours frequently and in 2014 visited a choir in Lombardy where we sang, in the original language, Italy's 'unofficial national anthem', (Speed Your Journey), the chorus of the Hebrew slaves from Verdi's Opera 'Nabucco'.

 

 

11.  Cwm Rhondda (Bread of Heaven)

 

Music: John Hughes. Geiriau Cymraegi: Ann Griffiths. English lyrics: William Williams. Arr. Wendy Holden ©

 

The Gwalia's arrangement of the famous hymn, is unusual in that it is in both Welsh and English. The last chorus declares 'O to remain in His love

 

 

12.  Can't Help Falling In Love

 

Music & Lyrics: George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore; Arr. Ed Lojeski. © Gladys Music Inc, 1993

 

Elvis Presley's 1961 famous Madison Square Gardens performance has been arranged for male voices

 

 

13.  Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet

 

Trad.Arr. Leslie Burgess. © Parish Publications, 2000

 

Male choirs traditionally have spirituals and gospel songs in their repertoire, and this lively rendition is a great example. 

 

 

Wedding Favourites

 

Myfanwy - The Rose - Calon Lan - Delilah - Deep Harmony [O Iesu Mawr] - Eli Jenkins Prayer -

 

Gwahoddiad - O Gymru - Rachie - Can't Help Falling In Love - Cwm Rhondda - Men of Harlech -

 

Lisa Lan - We'll Keep a Welsome in the Hillsides - Sospan Fach -

 

 

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Our new CD "O Gymru" is now available

£10 + £1 p&p  from  gwaliachoir@gmail.com

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The Nant Tarw Saga

Available from the Bar at LWC

or contact gwaliachoir@gmail.com