“Oll an Gwella” (Cornish for “all the best”) have sung on/at most of the major entertainment stages and locations in Cornwall.  The group is available ‘for hire’ to sing (almost!) anywhere and since coming together in 2010 the choristers have supported a range of events at iconic venues such as The Eden Project, Carnglaze Caverns, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, at the Minack Theatre, at The Hall for Cornwall, Royal Cornwall Show, Boardmasters Surf & Music Festival and Falmouth International Sea-Shanty Main Stages. They have also sung at and in Churches, Chapels and Cathedrals where they have helped to raise thousands of pounds for local charities and, by travelling across the area, have brought a little fun, joy and entertainment to those living in nursing homes, sheltered accommodation and hospitals as well as schools.  They also provide entertainment for Memory Cafés, Friendship & Community groups & clubs and can even claim to have sung in a ‘pop-up pub’ and helped celebrate the opening of a new pub in Cornwall as well as entertaining at venues across the Tamar, and beyond, with visits, events and bookings at concerts, stages and Festivals in Wales and Brittany.   During the 2020/21 lockdowns, members performed for ‘virtual festivals’ and enjoyed singing with Cornwall Boys Choir, a Cornish Carol Choir and our Welsh friends in “More than a song” community choir with recordings using the Zoom platform.

Huge thanks to our hosts in Brittany for their help, support, friendship and generous receptions and smiles on our (October 2019) trip to celebrate our 10th Anniversary.  We hope to welcome “La Cle des Chants” from Morlaix, “Voisins Voix’in” and “Marins des Legendes” from Henvic, back to Cornwall at sometime in the near future!

As a community support group, Oll an Gwella performs on nearly 100 occasions each year.  In great demand, the group accepts bookings, well into the future, so please book early to avoid disappointment, especially if you have a particular date in mind.  

Our latest programme of bookings includes the following (only showing to July 2024):

Th 15 Feb 2.00pm Funeral Camborne Crematorium, Treswithian Downs

Fr 16 Feb 7.00pm NMVC & OaG St Stephen-in-Brannel Concert with Imerys Ladies Choir

Fr 23 Feb 6.30pm Children’s School Ceilidh Pre-NSP event Hotel Victoria – workshop follow-up

Sa 24 Feb 7.30pm St Bart’s Church Lostwithiel Concert with Restormel Concert Band

Tu 27 Feb 2,30pm Tregony Seniors, Tregony Village Hall

Mo 04 Mar 7.15pm Great Western Hotel  St Piran’s Eve Concert with True Foxes & The Stowes

Tu 05 Mar 4.30pm Hosting St Piran’s Children’s Ceilidh at Hotel Victoria

               8.00-9.15pm Performance & Trelawny Shout, Central Hotel

Fr 22 Mar 7.30pm Carnon Wesley Guild, Carnon Downs Hall

Fr 26 Mar Nansledan School, Newquay, Shanty singing

Th 11 Apr (2.30pm TBC) Lanhydrock Hotel 70th Anniversary lunch Bodmin Inner Wheel

Mo 15 Apr 2.00pm Crantock Memory Café Crantock Village Hall

Fr 19 Apr Time 7.00pm (TBC) NMVC Concert with InTune Ladies Choir, St Michaels

Su 21 Apr from 11.30am Tregothnan Gardens Mental Health Charity Day

Th 25 Apr 2.00-4.00pm Bodmin Memory Music at Lanivet Community Hall

Fr 26 Apr 1.00pm Trevithick (Camborne) Celebrations at Illogan School Picnic

Fr 03 May Regional Concert, St Michaels, Cornwall International Male Choral Festival

Sa 04 May International Festival Stewarding – Healey’s Cider Farm

Su 05 May International Festival Stewarding – Kilacourt, Newquay

Tu 07 May 2.45pm Newquay Fellowship Club (Cruse) The Newquay Centre

Fr 10-Mo 13 May NMVC Trip to S Wales

Sa 18 May 12.00-7.00pm Newquay Mini Shanty Festival – with The Clams, Newquay Harbour

Fr 24 May 2.00pm St Newlyn East Good Companions Wesley Community Hall

Fr 31 May 7.00pm St Michaels Church 2025 Flower Festival Fund-raising concert

Th 06 Jun Times from 10.30am Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge

Su 09 Jun Time TBC Trenance Cottages Spring event

Th 13 Jun Time TBC Falmouth Docks A&P Cornish Welcome Spirit of Adventure Cruise liner

Fr 14 Jun Eve TBC St Michaels NMVC + OaG + Frampton Cotterell MVC

Sa 15 Jun 1.00-6.00pm Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival

Sa 22 Jun 3.00pm Wedding at Lanteglos Polruan

Fr 28 Jun 7.00pm TBC Concert with Newquay Singers, St Columb Minor Church

Su 30 Jun 6.30pm Shanty Cruise – Carrick Roads, Falmouth Prince of Wales Pier

Th 04 Jul 2.00pm Bodmin Memory Cafe, Lanivet Community Hall

Fr 05 Jul TBC NMVC Concert with Tresillian Ladies

Su 07 Jul ‘Shanty Sunday’ St Rumons Club Redruth CBB Charity afternoon

Sa 13 Jul Wedding at Porthleven

Fr 19 Jul NMVC Grand 3-choir Concert at St Michael’s Church, Newquay

Oll an Gwella rehearsals are on Thursdays, 6.30pm. (The Newquay Centre, St Michael’s Road, Newquay)

N.B.  We’ll update this list on a monthly rolling basis as new dates are confirmed – later dates for 2024 not yet shown, though building well (Christmas nearly full already) 

Contact Rob Spowart robspowart@gmail.com for more detail about any events.