As a group, “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 particularly enjoyed singing with Cornwall Boys Choir and a Liskeard Cornish Carol Choir. We’ve also enjoyed lots of smiles, linking with our friends in the Pontypridd-based community choir “More than a song” for a rehearsal 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, usually performing more than 100 times each year. In great demand, the group has bookings stretching 18-months ahead, so please book early to avoid disappointment, especially if you have a particular date in mind.
STOP PRESS: It is with huge regret that Oll an Gwella choristers announce that they accept and are monitoring the current (March 2021) Government advice about dealing with the unprecedented International Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, they have suspended all choral activity for the forseeable future. Working with event organisers, they are monitoring developments and planning for an uncertain future, but do not expect to be in a position to offer choral entertainment for some time ahead. The latest position (as at 02/03/21) is shown below:
Early 2021: We are not expecting to resume singing in public until early July 2021, at the earliest, though we are keeping a ‘watching brief’ in the hope that we can return to some performances when the current limitations are lifted. Organisers please note that we will try to honour bookings, but understand that we have not been able to rehearse properly as a group since mid March 2020, though we continue to explore ways of rehearsing our singing in socially distanced bubbles outside so we’ll try to get up and running ASAP but we are severely limited as to any choral activity at present!
Sun 04 July 11.45am Killacourt – After Civic Parade, for Mayor’s Reception
Sat 17 Jul from 2.30pm Boconnoc Private Wedding
Fri 06 Aug 8.00pm Trewan Hall Performance
Sun 15 Aug 2.00-3.45 Newquay Sessions – Killacourt
Fri 20 Aug 8.00pm Trewan Hall Performance
Sat 21 Aug West of England Steam Engine Rally Stithians Showground
Mon 30 Aug 2.00-3.00pm Cornwall Folk Festival Shanty Street Wadebridge
Sun 05 Sep “Tour of Britain” cycling through Cornwall Newquay Barrowfields
Thu 09 Sep “Royal Cornwall Show” Wadebridge
Sun 12 Sep “Newquay Fish Festival”
FrI 24 Sep Hendra – Newquay Beer Festival 7.00-8.00pm
N.B. We’ll update this list on a rolling basis as new advice, guidelines and dates become available!
– contact Rob Spowart firstname.lastname@example.org if you need specific detail before dates are published on the website