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, 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: Working at all times within the current (June 2021) Government advice about dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, Oll an Gwella are now again tentatively involving themselves in public performances, with some outside bookings. We are working closely with event organisers and monitoring health advice and developments, as we hope to leave the uncertain times of the recent past and plan for a more certain future.
The latest confirmed programme of bookings for July, August & September is shown below:
Sun 04 July 12.00 noon Killacourt “Newquay Sessions” opening weekend concert with ‘Loveny Male Voice Choir’
Fr 09 Jul 6.30pm East Wheal Rose Mine Disaster Memorial Event – Lappa Valley, St Newlyn East
Th 15 Jul from 7.30am Live Appearance on ITV “Good Morning Britain” … watch for updates on Facebook
Sat 17 Jul from 2.30pm Boconnoc Private Wedding
We 21 Jul Birthday Celebration (Private Birthday Party) Restronguet
Su 01 Aug 2.00-4.00 Newquay Sessions – Killacourt with McQuarrie & Toms
Fr 06 Aug 8.00pm Trewan Hall Camping Site Performance
Mo 16 Aug 8.30-10.00pm Parkdean Resorts holiday park, Crantock Beach, TR8 5RH
Fr 20 Aug 8.00pm Trewan Hall Camping Site Performance
Su 29 Aug (Time TBC… Afternoon?)) Cornwall Celtic Pride Festival, Killacourt, Newquay
Mo 30 Aug 1.00pm Cornwall Folk Festival ‘Shanty Street’ Molesworth St., Wadebridge
Su 05 Sep (Time TBC … 11.45am?) Mayor’s Reception, Killacourt, Newquay
Su 12 Sep (Time & Event TBC) Trenance Cottages, Newquay
Sa 18 Sep (Time TBC) Rotary Charity Event Perranporth Green
Su 19 Sep (Time TBC) Port Isaac Sea Shanty Festival
Fr 24 Sep 7.00-8.00pm Newquay Beer Festival, Hendra Campsite, Newquay
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