Gwalia Singers

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An Honour to be present

Friday, May 17th saw the Gwalia Singers once again at All Saints Church, Mumbles.  This time, it was not for a concert, but to take part in the funeral service for the great Terry Medwin, famous player for the Swans, Tottenham Hotspur and Wales.

It is unusual to be asked to attend a funeral, but it was clear that we were there to lead the congregation’s singing for the most part. After we had opened with the Welsh National Anthem as the cortege arrived, our other duties were the singing of two favourite hymns. Many well-known personalities were there and the Spurs had honoured the occasion with a lovely floral display and the presence in the front of Pat Jennings and Gary Mabbutt. Several former Swansea players attended and there were two very touching eulogies, the first from Terry’s granddaughter and the second from lifelong friend and co-player Cliff Jones. Tenor Wynne Evans sang the lovely Ave Maria and the lovely playing (both piano and organ) of Hywel Evans was evident throughout.

Due to the time of day, there were a few of our members who could not attend, but it was certainly a strong turnout to honour such a legend from Swansea. RIP, Terry Medwin.

Good Night Ladies - Friday 26th April, 2024

And what a good night it was! Friday, April 26th saw our Gwalia Ladies organising a social evening for members and friends at Clyne Golf Club – and what a great night it turned out to be! Our thanks and congratulations are very much due to them for a highly successful event enjoyed by all.

The chef and cheerful staff at Clyne served up a very tasty range of chicken curries, with the alternatives of chicken chasseur or a vegetarian dish for those who preferred. Frankly, the only complaint from any quarter was that several could have eaten more! It was delicious, so perhaps next time we could add a few poppadums or naan. In any event, it was very much enjoyed.

Following this came the entertainment from the U3A Ukelele Big Band. Many of us had not had the experience of a large Ukulele Band before and so did not quite know what to expect. Well, we had a really pleasant surprise, as the band belted out number upon number of well-known favourites, so that the ‘community’ singing was joined in with real enthusiasm. What a super social event. Thanks very much, Ladies and we look forward to the next one! ( for more photos see Gwalia Ladies)

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