October - November 2021
We have now started
rehearsing our Christmas repertoire ready for our
December concerts. We have been very pleased to
see our probationers becoming full time members of the
choir, we welcome the following members into the choir
and wish them all a long and happy
association with the Gwalia Singers.
Top Tenor - Richard Lewis. Second Tenors - David Lloyd, Phil Renowden, Roger Spring and Robert Walters. Baritone - Gordon Reed. Basses - Robert Parker and Phil Webster.
It is with very great
sadness that we have to report the passing of Thomas
George Bowen - ‘George’.
He was one of our Choristers and passed away
peacefully in his sleep, after a long illness, on the
21st October 2021. George joined the
choir in March 2007 and served as a reliable and
conscientious chorister until the Coronavirus pandemic
closed the choir down in February 2019. He had a
lovely baritone voice and seldom missed a rehearsal,
concert, wedding or concert tour. Towards the
end of his time with the choir he would sing from his
wheel chair as he could no longer stand or walk. George will always
be remembered for his entertaining stories about his
time in the Royal Navy and the Police Force and for his
deep booming laugh.
He will be greatly missed by all his friends in
the Gwalia Singers.
September was a busy month
for the choir, having being invited to sing at two
weddings and also at The Mumbles Festival of Music and
the Arts 2021. The successful festival concert,
alongside Swansea Soprano Ros Evans, was an excellent
platform for the Gwalia Singers to introduce three
pieces of work from their new repertoire. During the evening we were able to
present Gareth John and John Haslam with their 10 year
service ties, congratulations to them. It is very
encouraging to see the choir numbers growing and over
the last few months the choir has welcomed nine new
We are very pleased to welcome Cliff Gapper into the choir as a full-time singer with the second basses, we wish him a long and enjoyable time with the Gwalia Singers.
announcement was made by the Government that Choirs
would be permitted to sing together again, face to face
under restrictions with Risk Assessments, Health and
Safety Procedures, Social Distancing and the wearing of
masks becoming the norm. What
great joy to finally rehearse and to sing together face
to face! There had never been a greater time to
appreciate being a chorister and that special feeling of
belonging to "a Choir Family". The Gwalia Singers took up the mantle of
further widening their repertoire in rehearsals,
enjoying the benefits of singing together again .
March 2021It is with great sadness that we have lost one of our Choristers - Raymond Pelzer who passed away on 9th March 2021.
Tony Brooks (from the Bass Section) has written the following tribute to Ray.
"Whenever I think of Ray I always smile, he had a wicked and infectious sense of humour and was always laughing and telling stories, so much so, you just couldn’t help but laugh along with him." Ray was a gifted singer with a beautiful Top Tenor voice, he will be especially missed in the Top Tenor section and significantly by the Gwalia Singers as a whole. Ray joined the Gwalia Singers in January 1992 and soon became a valued chorister, his attendance at Rehearsals and Concerts was exemplary. Ray remained with the choir for 29 years, playing an active role at Concerts and the Afterglows wherever the Gwalia Singers performed around the world. - "Rest in Peace my Friend."
It was very pleasing to see Dr Carl Sullivan returning to the choir.
March 2020 - June 2021
Sandra Knight was appointed as the new Musical Director of
the choir starting in March.
She was appointed from several applicants and we are
very lucky to have found a person with her qualities. She gave her first
full rehearsal with the choir in preparation for a concert
at the Brangwyn Hall, Swansea for the Young Singer Bursary
Winners with West Glamorgan Youth Music. However,
unprecedented events took over. Toward the end of
March, the Coronavirus Pandemic came into being. As a result,
"lockdown" throughout the UK was brought in by the
government with self-isolation and gathering of people
strictly banned. Government
rules were to "Stay at home and Stay safe".