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November to January 2020

The beginning of November saw the Gwalia team up with the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir to provide the pre-match and post-match entertainment at Old Deer Park for the LWRFC 1st XV clash with Grasshoppers RFC. The result being a 15-0 victory for the Welsh.

The atmosphere at the venue is always a good one, so it was a pleasure when the Gwalia again accompanied the LWRC choir to provide similar entertainment for the last match of the season on December 14th. A top of the table clash with Hammersmith & Fulham RFC resulted in a handsome win for the Welsh by 26-13. The post-match entertainment coupled with the Xmas vibe went on long into the evening. I’m sure there were many sore heads the following morning.

November also saw the Gwalia travel to Eltham, for a memorial service at the beautiful Holy Trinity Church. The service was for Tony Pratt, a good Welsh friend of Gwalia member Gwyn Thomas.

Although many of the choir had not known Tony, the accolades and humorous anecdotes given by his many friends and family members painted a wonderful picture of his character. It definitely felt like a celebration of Tony’s life.

The congregation then all moved on to Eltham’s Footscray Rugby Club for refreshments, where the choir were asked to start off the evening with a short informal performance. It was a very enjoyable day, sharing the occasion with a very welcoming group of people.

The last engagement of the year took place on December 21st at the impressive Dartmouth House in  Mayfair.

The wedding was so close to Xmas, the atmosphere was guaranteed to be a good one. A mixture of Welsh and English favourites coupled with a few carols were sung to the guests and their children who also joined in the singing with gusto. The image of various generations of guests singing along to ‘The Rhythm of Life’ while the children were playing Lego in front of the choir will stay with us for quite a while.

Well done for everyone who took part. Being so close to Xmas, it wasn’t easy to make time for this, Thanks also Mike Williams for stepping in at the last minute. It was much appreciated.

Looking forward to an interesting 2020.


September-November 2019


Samaritans and Paddington Station


In September, the Gwalia’s first gig after the summer break saw the choir singing at Paddington Station, in aid of the Samaritans, one of the charities supported by our President, Cerys Matthews.Many commuters gathered on the concourse to listen to a typical mix of Welsh classics, along with a few lively well-known English favourites. Quite a few watching joined in with the choir, while some actually made requests, (polite of course!) There were a few people who stayed to listen for a full hour, some shedding the odd tear, probably remembering friends and family that had been waved-back to Wales over the years.

After a couple of hours on the concourse, the choir then raised more money, singing in ‘The Mad Bishop & Bear’, on the station mezzanine.

The high percentage of Welsh travellers at Paddington made for a very enjoyable performance, and an impressive £565 was raised for a very worthwhile charity


Recording a Xmas Single at the London Coliseum

In October several Gwalia members, along with other invited choirs, joined the orchestra and chorus of the English National Opera, to record a charity record called ‘A Place to Call Home’. The song was written by Alex Woolf in aid of Shelter and featured soloists Alice Coote, Lesley Garrett, and the great Bryn Terfel who, with Cerys Matthews, is a vice-president of Shelter Cymru. 

After a massed-choir rehearsal, the ENO and Soloists entered and combined seamlessly with the thousand plus voices. 

Alice Coote outlined the importance of the event with a moving account of a real-world example of homelessness, involving her brother. Her message was clear, that homelessness can affect any family in many different circumstances.


The event was a rewarding but enjoyable experience. The song’s release is due on 6th December with all proceeds going to Shelter.


Let’s please try and make it the Xmas No1













June - August 2019

Horton Kirby

Once again our bi-annual trip to St Mary’s Church in Horton Kirby, Kent, was well received by a generous audience. Old friendships were once again renewed, and a substantial sum was raised for the on-going maintenance of the church.

As usual, the programme for Horton Kirby included a couple of interesting solo performances. This year it was a wonderful piano recital from Chris Duckett, which really enthused the audience. Later on, this was followed by an equally inspiring piano duet with Chris and Wyn Hyland. The audience showed continual appreciation, even well after the concert had finished. 

It’s a long way to Kent on a Sunday, so congratulations to everyone who made the journey.

Rock in Richmond 

A couple of weeks later, the Gwalia took part in a joint charity concert with ‘The Richmond Rock Choir’ at the Duke St. Church, Richmond, which was held in aid of the charity LEAH.  ‘Learning English at Home’. This is a small charity that helps refugees learn English. 

The packed audience were treated to a varied mix of traditional Welsh songs, and many songs more associated with the likes of Queen etc… 

The final number was a Joint rendition of Delilah which sounded extremely powerful from the addition of so many female voices in harmony. Even the audience joined in.
It was an unusual evening, but certainly sent the audience home with smiles on their faces. 

Private Wedding in City of London 

The final performance before our Summer Break saw the Gwalia sing at the wonderful St. Lawrence Jewry, next to the Guildhall where we were pleased to sing at the wedding of a relative of our President Cerys Matthews.

The beautiful acoustic of the Sir Christopher Wren church was a joy to sing in, as we entertained the audience with a variety of English and Welsh numbers, while waiting for the arrival of the bride. 

Interestingly, the song that produced a standing ovation from the Scottish Groom’s side was ‘Flower of Scotland’. It seemed a very popular addition to the predominately Welsh programme. 

Gwalia on Channel 4  

As we head to the summer break, keep a lookout for members of the Gwalia and Rugby Choir who can be seen advertising a well-loved TV series on Channel 4. 

Have a great summer break everyone. See you all in September. 


March - May 2019

St David's Day at the Oxford & Cambridge Club

 March 1st saw the Gwalia back at the iconic premises of the Oxford & Cambridge Club in Pall Mall.

The club’s annual St David’s Day dinner was the usual mix of a formal programme during the dinner, and the later informality of a vocal collaboration when the members and choir retired to the members bar.    The regular visit to the O&C is always a pleasurable occasion, and the Gwalia are always well looked after during their time in the members bar.   


Springfest at West Hampstead

During April, the Gwalia once again took part in this annual charity event, raising money for Marie Currie Cancer Care.    It was held at the Emmanuel Church, with 5 choirs performing a varied programme to a large and appreciative audience. The choirs involved were Belsize Community Choir, Gwalia, Cor Dinas Choir [formerly known as Cor Llunsain] Cantereas and the Fortune Green Choir, with the audience joining in during the finale. Many of the audience stayed after the concert to chat over nibbles and a glass or two of wine.    

The feedback was ‘Your attendance, musicianship and general good nature and enthusiasm were all so much appreciated.  So many people afterwards said they thought the standard of the choirs and the wonderful variety of music was higher than ever’.    These interactions between choir members and audience should be encouraged as they are a wonderful vehicle for spreading the Welsh culture.    


Old Deer Park

Later in April, London Welsh RFC played their final match of the season, and the Gwalia joined the LW Rugby Choir at Old Deer Park to provide pre-match and post-match entertainment. The match was the Final of the Middlesex Bowl, with London Welsh RFC capping off a great season with a 34-12 win over Finsbury Park.   Needless to say, the celebrations and bar repertoire ran on for a very long time.


Upcoming Concerts in May  

The Gwalia are now preparing for 2 concerts in May.    The first is at St Mary’s Church, Horton Kirby. This a regular bi-annual visit where the proceeds are in aid of the church restoration. This engagement has been running for many years, and many good friendships have built up over that time.  The church is always full, as the village appreciates the commitment of the choir to the venue.    The programme is always varied and informal, with interesting solo performances not normally associated with a male choir.

The second concert will be a very lively one, as the Gwalia take part in a joint concert with the ‘Richmond Rock Choir’.    The Concert is in aid of the charity ‘Learning English at Home’, and is being held at Duke St. Church, Richmond on May 29th………….All are welcome


Gwalia Report Feb 2019

 Northern France

The end of 2018 saw a varied series of Gwalia performances. It started off in early November with a series of concerts in Perenchies [Lille] France, to coincide with 11th November Rememberance Day.

Having previously taken part in the local commemoration of 70th anniversary of the end of WW2, the Gwalia were invited again by the Major of Perenchies, to take part in an action-packed weekend of events, to commemorate the Centenary of the Armistice of WW1.

The concerts were mainly in tandem with the local choir, Choeur Agache, and were played to packed houses. Saturday began with a visit to a German war cemetery where a short service was followed by the Gwalia laying a wreath to respect the fallen of all nations, followed by wreaths from the local Major, and a German delegate.  The Gwalia then gave an afternoon Concert at the town’s sports hall.

Saturday evening saw the Gwalia take part in a multi-media Gala Performance which also involved various local townsfolk providing an array of impressive orchestral, vocal and dance input. The evening was finished off with a Torchlight parade through the town, leading to an empty field on the outskirts, where all were treated to a large scale display of fireworks. One couldn't help noticing the historical symbolism of the chosen site.    

The final day began with both choirs involved in a Sunday commemorative church service, then a formal wreath laying ceremony in the town square, hosted by the Mayor.  A marching band then led everybody back to the sports centre where a packed audience enjoyed yet another large Gala Performance in the local sports centre. This was a slightly more sombre occasion but there were many highlights, not least when a poem written by our own Lionel Griffiths was wonderfully read to the crowded audience by Gwalia's Geoff Rogers. The French audience reacting with a respectful appreciation of it's historical message.  

Not long after the Gwalia had sung the Welsh National Anthem, and Joined in with the Marseillaise, we were all led off to a large banquet room, where everyone enjoyed a party atmosphere into the evening. This included a multination conga chain, and Steve Davies somehow managing to get up and play the same blues song on his harmonica for at least 15 minutes. It was another fantastic trip. Many thanks to the people of Perenchies for giving us such a warm and friendly welcome.

 Lionel's poem can be found on the News page of the Gwalia website.


Soon after Gwalia's return to London, we performed at a wedding ceremony in Bramley, just south of Guildford, within the beautiful landscaped converted buildings of 'Gate Street Barns'.

The stunning scenery created a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Once again the choir were well fed and watered.


In December the Gwalia performed in a series of charity-raising events.

The first was an invitation from our President Cerys Matthews, to sing carols at the Thomas Jones School near Ladbroke Grove. [with the odd Welsh hymn sneaked-in]. This was a very positive vibe, with some the schoolchildren eagerly accepting our conductor Wyn Hyland's offer of a choir conducting masterclass during the performance. Great fun for the children and the choir.


The following day was a very hectic day, performing at 3 venues in the space of 3 hours.

 Fist was a corporate office xmas party where the staff of Egon Zehnder based in Victoria, were actively encouraged to join in with a mix of Welsh favourites and carols. Wyn even creating a pantomime atmosphere with a competitive Boys v Girls scenario to some of the carols.

It was then hot-foot to St Pancras Station where we regailed passers-by until it was time for the final performance of the day at The Great Northern Hotel. The staff of the hotel marshalled the choir firstly to the restaurant then to the ground floor public bar, where we were once again generously plied with drinks.   

Many thanks once again to Jeremy Robson and staff for their hospitality.


A massive £1,096 was raised over the day, all in aid of our President’s nominated charity 'Shelter Cymru'. Many thanks to all the people who donated.  


Cerys Matthews and Robbie Burns

first performance of 2019 saw choir take part in a school fund raising event for Burn's Night at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in Holland Park. It was organised by our President Cerys Matthews and was 'billed' as a 'Burn's Night with an International Flavour', featuring various contributions from all 4 countries. The Gwalia included songs with a Welsh, English, American, Italian and French theme. Audience participation was actively encouraged with selections of Burn's poetry read throughout the evening, with an impressive 'Address tae the Haggis', all done with both authenticity and humour .    


We now look forward to our next performance on Mar 1st, providing the entertainment for the annual St David’s Day Dinner at the Oxford & Cambridge Club.      



Gwalia Report Sept-Nov 2018


Gwalia sing at Prince Charles' 70th birthday celebrations

The Gwalia were recently honoured to sing at Prince Charles' birthday celebrations at the London Palladium, with proceeds going to the Princes Trust. Members of the Choir joined forces with members of the London Welsh Rugby Club Choir, the Kingdom Choir and a host of stars including comedians Armstrong & Miller, Omid Djalili, Sandi Toksvig, Rowan Atkinson, the magicians Penn & Teller, Dynamo and superstar Kylie Minogue. The choirs came on stage to accompany Bill Bailey during the finale, with the Band of the Welsh Guards, before lining up backstage to welcome the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall as they met the cast.

The televised event was sponsored by ITV, and was broadcast on 13.11.2018.


A Norwich Welsh Re-union

After the summer break, what a wonderful way to start off the autumn schedule. The Gwalia had been invited to perform by the Norwich Welsh Society, with proceeds going to the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK. 

A weekend in Norwich culminated in a concert at the Chapel Field Road Church, where a near full capacity audience, numbering between 500-600, were treated to a vibrant and varied programme.  There were many old acquaintances revisited, and the choir was treated to a huge pre-concert meal, which even the Gwalia couldn’t finish in one sitting. [A first]. The atmosphere was well described by a thank-you poem from Sophie Yeomans;

The power and passion of Gwalia Male voice choir,
On that special evening at Norwich Methodist church, 
It’s still with me! 
Everyone’s face was lit with bliss
listening to the direct distinctive sound.
Indeed it reached into my heart like this;
Woke my spirit and sent it soaring!
Such an honour to be in the presence
Of life enhancing emotions
Guided by the piano!


Bloomsbury Festival and Party Night

Once again the Gwalia opened up a rehearsal evening for public involvement. After the rehearsal a group of them followed the choir up to the bar where they enjoyed a noisy party vibe, as it coincided with food and an open bar, generously supplied by Gwalia’s John Taylor, who was celebrating his 70th birthday. It was a really enjoyable evening that has ‘set the bar’ for future 70th birthdays. [There’s going to be a lot of people who will be 69 for a very, very, very long time.]



The first wedding performance of the autumn was at St Michael’s Church in Ashford, Middx. A beautiful Grade 2 listed church created by the famous architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The pre-ceremony singing lasted an unusually long time, but the acoustics were so beautiful it was a pleasure to perform. If only more venues had such quality.


Gwalia to commemorate WW1 Armistice Centenary

 The Gwalia will now turn their attention to their forthcoming performances in Northern France, with a series of concerts, around the town of Perenchies near Lille. These will include joint performances with local choirs, Choeur Agache, and St Leger de Pérenchies,  in which we sing the Marseillaise and a ‘French’ version of the Vangelis classic ‘Conquest of Paradise’.


LW Mag - Gwalia Report - August 2018


A ‘Relaxed’ Gwalia taking-in the good weather

After a bitterly cold and hectic first quarter of 2018, the Gwalia’s early summer workload has thankfully followed the beautiful weather and become a more leisurely affair. Good timing, as It’s given our new Musical Director [Wyn Hyland] a great opportunity to assess the current programme, introducing various new numbers, while re-introducing crowd-pleasers from the past.

The new combination of Wyn and our new accompanist Chris Ducket will be galvanising the choir over the next couple of months, leading up to a number of concerts.


Concert for the Norwich Welsh Society  on Sept 22

This will be a charity concert that all are welcome to attend.
The Gwalia have historical ties with this venue, and it will be wonderful to spend a couple of days in Norwich, hopefully meeting up with a few old acquaintances.

In October we are looking forward to taking part in the Bloomsbury Festival and the Concert with the other Welsh male choirs in London at a concert in Jewin chapel to mark the 60th anniversary of  the Welsh school.

Concerts in France - Commemorating the centenary of the Armistice. 9-12 Nov

Following the Gwalia’s successful tour of the region in 2016, and Choeur Agache's vist to London last October we have been invited by the local Mayor of Perenchies , near Lille, to take part in two concerts to commemorate the above.

Although being a sombre occasion, the different styles of the choirs will complement each other and hopefully once again receive a wonderful reception by an audience that on our last visit seemed to comprise the whole town.


Great Weather for Weddings

It was a hot, old-fashioned June summers day, when the Gwalia led the wedding congregation at Southwark, ‘The Church of the Precious Blood’ on Saturday 30th. A predominately Welsh hymn set, was led by guest conductor Haydn James and accompanied by David  Harvey. Many thanks to both, for doing such a sterling job after standing-in at very short notice.
Well done to everyone who attended, and also for coping well with the extreme temperature up in the balcony. Also, well done for the Bride who entered the church with impeccable timing to the start of Calon Lan.
As always, it was a very joyous occasion, with added interest during the event coming from the priest’s microphone being still on as we sang during the signing of the register, and the frequent roars from the nearby pubs, whenever there was a world cup goal.

A perfect wedding day. Hopefully the weather will still be as good when we sing in the open air at a wedding reception in a house in Surrey at the end of July.



LW Mag - Gwalia Report - May 2018


Feb 10th England v Wales at Old Deer Park


The Gwalia new year started off with a bang at Old Deer Park with a joint performance with the London Welsh Rugby choir. The marquee at Old Deer Park is always a fantastic atmosphere during the 6 Nations, and this was no exception. The pre-match entertainment included a long line of various bands, and culminated in the choir leading a massive audience singalong of welsh classics, conducted by Arthur Simpson. It was so surprising to find so many English supporters in the crowd, knowing the melodies and attempting the welsh lyrics. ‘Delilah’ might not be PC, but omit it at your peril.


 Gwalia beats the ‘Beast from the East’

Despite the horrendous winter weather and travel chaos, congratulations to everyone who managed to get to the following series of engagements during a very busy March.



Mar 1st St. David’s Day at the East India Club, St James Square


The audience, consisting of a group of senior property owners, and a smattering of famous ex rugby internationals from Wales and Ireland, were holding their 30th St Davids’s anniversary dinner at this iconic venue. They were entertained before and after dinner by a combination of choristers from both the Gwalia and the London Welsh Rugby Choir, and was superbly conducted by Arthur Simpson, who also helped to create a relaxed atmosphere with a few well-timed anecdotes.

The programme consisted of a series of typical Welsh favourites, and was greatly appreciated by an audience who were encouraged to join in. One ex international enjoyed it so much he made the comment….”At times like this, I remember why I got involved with rugby in the first place”…


Mar 2nd A late night at the Oxford and Cambridge Club


As the weather got worse, the second engagement took place the following day in Pall Mall, at yet another iconic venue. The Gwalia have been invited to perform at this venue for a number of years and provided a very full programme for the club’s annual St David’s Day dinner.

As in previous years, the varied programme contained a combination of Welsh and English numbers, and lasted long into the evening. As is tradition at this engagement, after the meal was over, the audience and choir left the dining hall of this magnificent building and retired to the members bar where everyone enjoyed a more informal repertoire, allowing the club members the opportunity to sing some of their own favourites back to the Gwalia, conducted and accompanied by Wynn Hyland at the piano.


There’s always a relaxed atmosphere at this engagement, and many friendships have been made over the years. It was delightful for both groups of people to see familiar faces again.

As the singing and drinking progressed, there was a danger that no-one would be able to get home through public transport due to the weather. No-one seemed to mind, while the official message from the club was that “...if necessary, blankets would be found for anyone needing to stay at the club overnight.”


….. Another drink anyone?....



Mar 18th  Subversion at the Barbican


The snow and ice didn’t deter those choristers able to make it to the Barbican Centre one chilly Sunday evening in the middle of March. The engagement was at the second of two evenings of the ‘Barbican Openfest’, listed as follows:


 “two nights of electric entertainment recreate the live buzz, subversive energy and community spirit of working class clubs, providing the perfect antidote to a hard week of graft”.


The organisers requested two numbers. We sang ‘Cwm Rhondda’ and ‘Rachie’,

and we were on stage between a bingo session and a charity meat auction! We understand other entertainers included a comedian, a burlesque act and a poet. Needless to say, after a required performance of only two songs, the choir extended their repertoire in a local hostelry……….



April 24th  Spring Singfest, Emmanuel Church, Lyncroft Gardens


The Gwalia were delighted to take part in the recent Singfest , which is an annual choral event organised by Janet Fisher, and run in aid of the Marie Currie cancer trust.


This year the choirs involved were, in order of appearance;  Cor Meibion Gwalia, Cor Llunsain, Belsize, Cantereas, Fortune Green, which in presenting a diversity of style and content delivered an interesting and entertaining evening to an appreciative audience.


Thanks go to the excellent Lindy Tennant-Brown for stepping in to accompany Wynn Hyland.

The event raised £1,250 on the night.


‘Sad but Uplifting’

Sometimes a funeral can be a very positive occasion. A mixed choir from the Gwalia and Rugby choir, recently sang at two such funerals.

Baron Ivor Richard, at West Norwood crematorium, and Julie Dianne Adams cremated at Mortlake.


The eulogies documenting the lives of both, described such positivity in their lives, which set such a reassuring atmosphere for the entire congregations.  God Bless them both.



James Hearn - End of an Era


The month of March also saw James Hearn standing down as MD of the Gwalia after an excellent five years reign. He has reluctantly come to this decision through a combination of health and personal issues, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.


The choir has greatly improved during his tenure, and everyone in the choir would like to thank him sincerely for everything he has done.  He brought a wonderful dynamism to our performances, and will also be remembered by many for his own theatrical performances that enthralled numerous audiences. We wish James all the very best for the future.


Wynn Hyland has now taken over as MD, and we look forward to another exciting period of development.


LW Mag - Gwalia Report - Feb 2018

The Gwalia at the Autumn Internationals


The recent Wales v New Zealand autumn international at the Prudential Stadium in Cardiff, saw the Gwalia combine with three other Welsh choirs to provide the pre-match entertainment and National Anthems, directed as usual by Haydn James. The choir was comprised of the Gwalia, Côr Meibion Machynlleth , Côr Meibion Morlais, and John’s Boys, with the accompaniment coming from the ‘Central Band of the RAF’.

The quality of the combined choir on the pitch received many compliments, with none better than from Haydn’s report published on the RAF website.


…”Over the years, it has been a privilege to have conducted some of the very best choirs in the Principality and elsewhere, and Saturday at the Wales v New Zealand game was no exception. We had three Eisteddfod-winning choirs plus a choir with members drawn from two of the very best choirs in North Wales. Together, they produced a truly thrilling sound, and had clearly worked so hard to memorise everything, including the Maori words of a short Medley, and of course the New Zealand Anthem”……Haydn James


A big thank you goes to Haydn James for coordinating such a powerful occasion.

It's a shame we lost the match, although Haydn did suggest that next time the choir ought to remain on the field and help with the ‘tackling’!


The choir were filmed throughout the day and the footage was shown on Breakfast TV as part of a documentary on the psychological benefits of collective song during stressful moments.




Gwalia & French Connection


Shortly after the Gwalia's 50th anniversary concert, November saw them host a very successful joint concert with the choir.. 'Choeur Agache'  from Perenchies  in Northern France.

It was a very enjoyable evening with an interesting mix of styles between the two choirs. The Choir Agache even treating the audience to a selection of traditional French songs alongside Van Gellis (Conquest of Paradise) and a wonderfully humorous number involving a rousing male lead and the donning of hats.

The Mayor of Perenchies accompanied them on this, their first trip to London, and he enjoyed the occasion so much the Gwalia have been formally invited to France later in the year for a joint concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.




The Great Northern Hotel and the Sepsis Trust


The first xmas charity concert was at the Grade 1 listed Great Northern Hotel where the Gwalia sang a mixture of traditional Welsh songs were interspersed with well-known Carols.

The evening was organised by the owner of the Great Northern Hotel, Jeremy Robson, and was held in aid of 'The Sepsis Trust'.

It was hosted by Lord Michael Grade with the underlying theme of the event being to raise awareness of Sepsis, which surprisingly, for such a dangerous condition, gets very little media attention.

Throughout the evening, people who have been affected by this serious condition gave emotional first-hand accounts of their experiences.


Festive end to the year.


The last charity event of the year was a joint Xmas Concert at Ewen Hall, Chipping Barnet,  which featured the Gwalia and the entertaining and lively mixed choir, 'Choirs R Us', conducted by Jenny Bennett.

The varied programme,  was well received by a packed audience, with a finale that involved both choirs on stage, singing ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland’. The audience joined in, which made for a very festive mood. Huge thanks goes to Jenny Gould for being our guest accompanist as such short notice.

The charity evening had a very positive atmosphere and resulted in a magnificent sum of £2,030 raised on the night on behalf of the North London Samaritans.


 John Ball

Book Reviews

Gwalia members have been responsible recently for the production of two books - one light-hearted, the other serious.


'The Nant Tarw Saga'

To celebrate the Gwalia Male Choir's 50th Anniversary, Dave Hurlbut and Honorary Member, Ron 'Tidy' Williams have produced 'The Nant Tarw Saga'. This is a collection of short stories written by two founder members of the Gwalia, John Evans and Wynne Davies, both of whom, regrettably, no longer with us. The Saga first appeared in 'Tempo Gwalia' the choir's in-house magazine in the 1980's and 90's, and it recounts the trials and tribulations of a fictional choir in Wales. It is very entertaining, and certain characters will be recognisable amongst those who were, or still are, in the choirs at the London Welsh Centre. Ron and Dave have generously agreed that all proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the London Welsh Centre Trust. The books are available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or from the Bar at the Centre. The suggested donation is £7.50 per book.


'The Lost Sons of Penycae'


The second book that has just been published is 'The Lost Sons of Penycae' by Gwalia top tenor Barry Jones whose family still live in the village of Penycae near Rhosllanerchrugog outside Wrexham. The village's War Memorial has grown so familiar that it attracts little more than a passing glance these days, except on Remembrance Day. This book remembers the courage and sacrifice of the 37 men whose names are engraved on it. In such a small community, everyone knew someone who had died. This is the story of the men who went to war and didn’t come home and how the village changed in the two World wars. It gives a fascinating insight into the war time history and tells the sad and poignant stories of the brave men of this little village near Wrexham.


£2 from every book sold in the Centre goes to the London Welsh Centre Trust.


Steve Davies


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