Gwalia Singers

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A Very Busy Day - Saturday 2nd March, 2024

It was very unusual for us to have two events on the same day, but to celebrate St. David's Day, that's what we did.  We started by giving a lunch time concert in the centre of Swansea Market as part of their Croeso event, which took took place over two days on the 1st & 2nd of March.  A large crowd gathered as we entertained them for for over half an hour.  We sang some traditional Welsh numbers: 'Calon Lan', 'Cwm Rhondda', 'Y Darlun', 'O Gymru' and the Welsh National Anthem.   We also sung some songs from our normal repertoire; 'There Is A Land' - a lovely song about singing in Wales, 'The Impossible Dream', 'One Day I'll Fly Away' and 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You' - this got the audience joining in.  The audience and stall holders thoroughly enjoyed the singing.

Our second event of the day was a charity concert to raise funds for the Mumbles & Gower Marie Curie Fundraising Group.  This took place in the evening in All Saints Church in Oystermouth. The church was full and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the concert.  The choir performed two sessions in each half with Matthew Ioan Sims, our Musical Director, singing between them in the first half and Daniel Davies, one of our top tenors, in the second half.  We repeated all the songs we had sung earlier in the day at the market but added 'What Would I Do Without My Music', You Raise Me Up', 'Benedictus', 'Three Times A Lady', 'You are So Beautiful' and 'If We Only Have Love'.  We hope that the concert raised a large amount of money for the Marie Curie charity, a very worthwhile cause.

Happy Returns - Saturday 24th February, 2024

No, it wasn’t a birthday, but we returned to our singing ways as a choir; we returned to St Paul’s Church in Sketty; we returned to the leadership of Nick Rogers, as our Musical Director Matt was away on business and we were delighted at the return of our excellent accompanist, Rhian, after a short but distressing illness.

Singing at the wedding of Jessica and Jamie, we provided a suitable medley – apparently enjoyed by the congregation - before the entry of the bride. As she came down the aisle, we offered the gentle ‘Benedictus’, before retiring into the seats for congregational hymns and the service itself.
  Returning to the front as Jessica and Jamie signed the register, we sang more of our well-known repertoire and then provided a suitable ‘processional’ item with ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’. Judging by the smiles and, indeed, the joining in of the people there, this was a highly popular and appropriate finish to events.

In thanking the bride and groom and wishing them the very best of luck for the future, we are happy to remind everybody that we are
performing twice next Saturday, 2nd March. As a part of the St David’s Day celebrations we shall be at Swansea Market at lunch time and then one of our annual favourite concerts at All Saints, Mumbles, for the Marie Curie ‘Daffodil Concert’ in the evening.  We’re back!

Our Final Christmas Concert