Diary:

UP-COMING EVENTS

“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 2024-25 includes:

Th 11 Apr 3.00/3.15pm Lanhydrock Hotel, 70th  Anniversary Bodmin Inner Wheel

Mo 15 Apr 2.00pm Crantock Memory Café, Crantock Village Hall

Fr 19 Apr 2.00pm Newquay Hospital entertainment event

Su 21 Apr (11.30am & 1.30pm) Tregothnan Gardens, Mental Health Charity Day

Th 25 Apr 2.00-4.00pm Bodmin Memory Music Club, Lanivet Hall

Fr 26 Apr 1.00pm Trevithick Celebrations at Illogan School

Sa 04 May 11.30am-3.00pm CIMCF OaG Stewarding/performance (1.30pm) Healey’s Cider Farm

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

Sa 18 May 12.00noon Newquay Harbour Mini Shanty Festival – with The Clams

We 22 May 11.00am Shire House Suite, Bodmin community lunch club

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

Sa 25 May 1.15 for 1.30pm Wedding Holly Ninnes St Newlyn East Church

Th 06 Jun 10.30am OaG to Royal Cornwall Show – Main stage

Su 09 Jun Time TBC Trenance Cottages Spring event

Th 13 Jun Time TBC A&P Falmouth Spirit of Adventure Cruise Liner

Sa 15 Jun 1.00-6.00pm TBC OaG to Falmouth International Shanty Festival

We 19 Jun 2.00pm Trewoon Village Hall Good Companions

Sa 22 Jun 3.00pm Wedding Laura & Max Lanteglos Polruan

Fri 28 Jun 7.00pm St Columb Minor Church concert w. Newquay Singers + Bishop’s School

Su 30 Jun 6.30pm Shanty Cruise Prince of Wales Pier, Falmouth.

Th 04 Jul 2.00pm Bodmin Memory Café Lanivet Community Hall

Su 07 Jul Time TBC Shanty Sunday –  St Rumons Club, Redruth

Sa 13 Jul Time TBC Wedding at Porthleven

Mo 22 Jul 7.30pm TBC Indian Queens Carnival Cornish Concert

Th 25 Jul 8.00pm Trewan Hall

Sa 27 Jul 3.00pm (Private Party) Spud & Ingrid

Mo 29 Jul 2.00pm (Private Party) Bernie/Jean Skeet 70th Wedding Anniversary, Windsor Court

Fr 02 Aug 8.00pm Trewan Hall

Su 11 Aug Time TBC Boardmasters, Watergate

Fr 16 Aug Time TBC A&P Falmouth Spirit of Adventure Cruise Liner

Sa 17 Aug 7.00pm (Private Party) The Treffry, Quintrell Downs Tina 80th Birthday

Fr 23 Aug 8.00pm Trewan Hall

Fr 30 Aug 8.00pm Trewan Hall

Mo 16 Sep Time TBC A&P Falmouth Viking Sky Cruise Liner

Th 19 Sep 2.00-4.00 Carnon Downs Memory Café Carnon Downs Village Hall

Sa 21 Sep 6.30-7.30pm Newquay Lions Beer Festival (Hendra)

Mo 23 Sep Time TBC A&P Falmouth Cruise Ship Viking Venus

Fr 11 Oct (1.30ish TBC) OaG to St Erme Community Centre iSight Cornwall

Fr 08 Nov 7.00pm St Michael’s Church with NMVC to Poppy Appeal Concert

We 13 Nov 2.00pm Trewoon Village Hall Good Companions

Fr 15 Nov 2.00pm St Newlyn East Good Companions Birthday Wesley Community Hall

Fr 06 Dec 16.45 hrs Padstow Christmas Market

Th 12 Dec 2.00-4.00pm Bodmin Memory Music

Th 12 Dec 7.00pm RNLI Christmas Concert (with Military Wives Choir)

Sa 14 Dec Time TBC Chacewater Bowling Club Christmas Carols

Su 15 Dec Time TBC Newquay’s ‘Celebration of Christmas’ with NMVC & OaG GB

Su 22 Dec Time TBC St Rumons Club, Redruth Christmas Carols GB

2025

We 05 Mar 4.00pm, 4.30pm, 8.00pm Newquay St Piran’s Festival

Sa 19 Jul (Private Party) Brian & Thelma Wedding Anniversary

Fr22-Mo25 Aug Possible OaG Residential Visit to Lyme Regis Folk Festival/Seaton

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

N.B.  We usually update this list on a monthly or bi-monthly rolling basis as new dates are confirmed – some further pre-Christmas dates are in the pipeline but not yet shown, though building well (Christmas pretty full already) 

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