“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 clubs, groups and circles 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 lockdowns, our members have been involved in performing for ‘virtual festivals’ and have enjoyed singing with Cornwall Boys Choir, a Liskeard-based Cornish Carol Choir and the Pontypridd-based community choir “More than a song” for choral sessions and 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 group, Oll an Gwella is very popular, and pre-covid were performing more than 100 times each year. In great demand, the group is now again taking 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 for Summer 2022 comprises:
Sa 18 Jun 2.30-4.00pm OaG Greenbank Hotel, 7.00-8.30pm Pennycomequick (Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival)
Su 19 Jun 2.30pm OaG to Penryn Temperance Hall (Penryn Older Citizens Club)
Sa 25 Jun (1.30pm TBC) OaG to The Bishop’s CofE Learning Academy Summer Fete
Su 26 Jun 6.00pm OaG to ‘Thursday Club’ Shanty Cruise – Falmouth (Prince of Wales Pier)
Tu 28 Jun 11.15 OaG to Bodmin Bowls Club Centenary Celebrations (Castle Canyke Rd)
Fr 01 Jul 7.00pm NMVC 3-Choir Charity Concert with Loveny + Tamar Valley MVCs
Su 03 Jul (11.30 TBC) OaG to Newquay Killacourt Mayor’s Reception
Mo 11 Jul OaG to Stithians Agricultural Show (Time TBC)
Fr 22 Jul 7.00pm NMVC & Maesteg Gleemen in Concert
Su 24 Jul OaG 2.00-4.00pm Killacourt Newquay Sessions
Su 31 Jul 6.30-8.00pm OaG to Padstow Harbour (then 8.15pm Old Ship Hotel)
Fr 05 Aug 8.00pm OaG to Trewan Hall
Su 07 Aug NMVC 2.00-4.00pm Killacourt Newquay Sessions
Sa 13 Aug (Eve) OaG to Private Party
Fr 19 Aug 8.00pm OaG to Trewan Hall
Sa 27 Aug 3.30pm OaG to Cliff-top Wedding at Mawgan Porth
Sa 27 Aug 8.00pm OaG to Trevarrian Holiday Park
Th 08 Sep NMVC (Time TBC) Wedding entertainment
Mo 12 Sep Balmoral – Falmouth Docks – sails at 9.00pm
Sa 17 Sep (5.00pm TBC) Wedding (Barton Lane, Fraddon)
Tu 20 Sep 7.00pm Rose Chapel Harvest Festival Concert
Sa 24 Sep 6.30-7.30pm OaG to Newquay Beer Festival
Tu 27 Sep 1.00-2.00pm Mawgan-in-Pydar School Assembly
Our Rehearsals are currently held on Thursdays at 6.30pm. (usually at The Newquay Centre, St Michael’s Road, Newquay)
N.B. We’ll update this list on a rolling basis as new dates become available!
– Please contact Rob Spowart email@example.com if you need specific detail about any events or before dates are published on this website.