The Gwalia Singers (Swansea)
The Gwalia Singers at All Saints Church, Kilvey, May 2013
Welcome to the website of the Gwalia Singers, Swansea. We are a well established Welsh male voice choir and hope you enjoy your visit. If you have any requests or suggestions, please contact the webmaster. Don't forget to leave any comments in the guestbook!
The Gwalias were founded in 1966 and quickly gained the reputation of being a small, successful choir with a strong sense of 'belonging'. Although the years since have seen some big changes in the choir's circumstances, the essentials remain. We still draw our members from a wide range of backgrounds and geographical locations, we still enjoy success on the concert platform and we still like to feel that a Gwalia has three main priorities in life - his family, his work and the choir (in that order).
Rehearsals are currently held every Tuesday evening at 7.15pm in the Swansea Yacht and Sub Aqua Club at Swansea Marina (map). Feel free to drop in! Although we sing some songs in Welsh (as well as a few in other languages), most are in English. All ages and all abilities are welcome to come and listen and/or join, especially if you enjoy singing as much as we do!
Wales is one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Although officially a principality (the largest principality in the world), it has its own language (Welsh) and, since 1955, its own capital city (Cardiff). The word "Wales" comes from the plural of the old English word wealh, and literally means "foreigners". Latin forms of "Wales" include Wallia and Gwalia.
Swansea is thought to have been founded by the Viking King of Denmark, Sweyn Forkbeard, who conquered the Anglo-Saxons in 1013. The name Swansea probably comes from a corruption of Sweyn, "Sven", and an old Norse word for inlet, "sey". The Welsh word for the city is Abertawe which means "mouth of the Tawe". Swansea is the 2nd largest city in Wales. It is near the beautiful Gower coast and about 30 miles from the Brecon Beacons national park and black mountains. Apart from being the home of the Gwalia Singers, it is also notable for being the birthplace of Dylan Thomas and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Did you know...
One of the most heavily requested records every Christmas in the USA is 'Stop The Cavalry'. However, the version requested is not the one by Jona Lewie that you may be familiar with. It is, in fact, the version recorded about a year later by the Cory Band with the Gwalia Singers. It is quite possibly the most popular song ever by an artist who never had a charted recording - single, album or otherwise.
Unfortunately we don't have any copies for sale, but CDs can be purchased from www.silverplatters.com, it can be played on Spotify and is also available for download via iTunes or Amazon.