“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, 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.
STOP PRESS: Following the Government advice for minimising the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Oll an Gwella are again now tentatively offering public performances, with mainly outside bookings. We are working closely with event organisers and monitoring all health advice and developments, as we hope to leave the uncertain times of the recent past and plan for a more certain future.
Our latest confirmed programme of bookings for late August & September is shown below:
Su 29 Aug 1.10pm Cornwall Celtic Pride Festival, Killacourt, Newquay
Mo 30 Aug 1.00pm Cornwall Folk Festival ‘Shanty Street’ Molesworth St., Wadebridge
Sa 04 Sep 8.00pm Wedding at Knightor Winery, Trethurgy, St Austell (Private Event)
Su 12 Sep 3.00pm Trenance Cottages, Newquay Fun day
Sa 18 Sep 4.00pm & 6.00pm performances Rotary Charity Event, Perranporth Green
Su 19 Sep 12.30pm (Mainstage) & 2.00pm (Old School Hotel) Port Isaac Sea Shanty Festival
Fr 24 Sep 7.00-8.00pm Newquay Lions – Beer Festival, Hendra Campsite, Newquay
Su 26 Sep TBC 11.45am Newquay Mayor’s Civic Reception – Killacourt, Newquay
Our Rehearsals are currently held on Thursdays at 6.30pm. (weather permitting). We meet for an hour on the grass at 22 Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay TR7 3AE …. you’re welcome – bring a chair & refreshments!
N.B. We’ll update this list on a rolling basis as new advice, guidelines and dates become available!
– contact Rob Spowart email@example.com if you need specific detail before dates are published on the website