The Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir was formed in 1998 at the request of the National Celtic Folk Committee, which at this time was comprised of representatives from all Celtic National Clubs, including the Welsh Society of Geelong Inc. The latter's President, Mr Keith Hughes, his wife Mrs Enid Hughes, Mrs Doreen Mann and Mrs Jeanette John were all committee members.
With the encouragement and support of Mr Hughes and the Welsh Society of Geelong Inc., a few Welsh people began to organise what would be the founding choir. At this time at local Welsh functions a small group of ladies would perform. This group included: Mrs Doreen Mann, Mrs Betty Kenneally, Mrs Beryl Hatton, Mrs Betty Davies, Mrs Glyneth Cooper and Mrs Jeanette John.
Through using various local networks and asking Mrs Bev Thomas to play for the group, the choir was born. Initially it boasted 18 members, singing in two part harmony. Before July of that year Jeanette was appointed as the Musical Director. The choir's inaugural concert was July 8 1998, held at the Belmont Bowls Club. It is from this humble beginning that the choir began to grow and perform in Geelong, the regional districts, Ballarat and Melbourne before setting the goal of an International Tour of Wales in 2004.
Since then the choir has developed a highly respected reputation and has toured New Zealand, forming many musical relationships across the Tasman as well as connecting with the Welsh Communities especially of the North Island.
We were indeed grateful for the continued support of the Welsh Society of Geelong Inc. as they auspiced the choir's structure and organisation for many years until the choir became an incorporated body in its own right.
Today, the Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir boasts a current membership of 30Choristers.
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Choir – Our Music
The choir has made 4 CD’s:
- Songs from the Heart
- Celebrate Christmas
- Celebrating Federation (in conjunction with the International Harvester Male Chorus)
To listen some of the choir’s recordings, please click here
The Geelong Welsh Ladies Choir gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the City of Greater Geelong Councillor Community Grants Program, which has enabled us to create this website.