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Fall Gymanfa Ganu concert Sunday

Posted 9/28/22

A Gymanfa Ganu is a festival of sacred song in the Welsh tradition. Those who attend become participants in a massive choir singing traditional Welsh hymns.

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Fall Gymanfa Ganu concert Sunday

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NEW HARTFORD — St. David’s Society of Utica will sponsor their Fall Gymanfa Ganu at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the New Hartford Presbyterian Church, 45 Genesee St.

A Gymanfa Ganu is a festival of sacred song in the Welsh tradition according to James Griffith, president of the society. Those who attend become participants in a massive choir singing traditional Welsh hymns in four-part harmony. While most of the songs are in English, participants are taught to sing some verses in the Welsh language. Song books are provided to all who attend.

The general public is invited to attend this event. The church is handicapped accessible.

The conductor will be Jay G. Williams III, a seasoned Gymanfa Ganu conductor who lives in Clinton. Williams is an attorney with the firm of Felt Evans in Clinton and is pastor of the Augusta Presbyterian Church. Williams is the author of two books on Welsh Americans. He has conducted at previous Gymanfa gatherings for the local St. David’s Society as well as other Welsh societies throughout the country.

Susan Bartholomew will be the organist for this event. She is a certified public accountant from Remsen and serves as organist for the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion.

David Kolb will perform as our guest soloist. Kolb is a graduate of Hamilton College with a bachelor of arts with concentrations in mathematics and music. He studied voice with Lauralyn Kolb and Tim LeFebvre.

Kolb has been a soloist for the Hamilton College Masterworks Chorale, the Greater Utica Choral Society, the Mohawk Valley Choral Society, and the Hudson Valley Choral Society. He was also a guest soloist at the 2011 Gymanfa Ganu in Remsen.

In addition, he has appeared in many local community theater productions. Kolb is currently the music director at the New Hartford Presbyterian Church and adjunct professor at Utica College responsible for choral direction and voice studies.

Griffith noted that there will be no admission price for the event but that a free-will offering will be taken. A reception, known in Welsh as “te bach” will follow the singing. The te bach features complimentary tea, Welsh tea cakes, and Welsh bread known as “bara brith”.

St. David’s Society of Utica originated from the Cymreigyddion Society organized in 1856. Its purpose is to preserve activities unique to the Welsh culture. Events held throughout the year are open to the public and planned to educate and inspire people through Welsh cultural events.

For more information go online to www.saintdavidssociety.org.

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