Gymanfa Ganu — Welsh festival of song May 6

SAUQUOIT — St. David’s Society sponsors its Spring Gymanfa Ganu at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6 in Sauquoit Valley United Methodist Church, at the corner of Mohawk St. & Pinnacle Road.

The public is invited to attend and participate. It’s free but an offering will be taken.

A Gymanfa Ganu is a festival of sacred song in the Welsh tradition according to MaryLou Rosecrants, president of the society. Those who attend become participants in a massive choir singing traditional Welsh hymns in four part harmony. Song books are provided to all who attend.

The conductor will be Jay G. Williams III of Clinton. Williams has traveled throughout the country to lead the singing for many Welsh groups. James Hanoshis is the organist. Jeanne Jones will be pianist.

Special music will be presented by Cello’s Three.

The Spring Gymanfa Ganuis also a memorial remembrance for society members who have died during the past year.

President Rosecrants said a reception, known in Welsh as "te bach" will follow the singing. This reception is being organized by the members of the Sauquoit Church.

St. David’s Society of Utica originated from the Cymreigyddion Society organized in 1856. Its purpose is to promote activities unique to the Welsh culture.