Gwerin Gwallgo is a high-energy four-day residential event for young people between 11 and 18 years of age usually held during February half term. It takes place at Glanllyn, the Urdd Residential Centre in Bala. We offer places to approximately 40 young people.
Structure of the Course
There are instrumental, vocal and clog dancing lessons during the day, followed by informal sessions, concerts, get-togethers, twmpathau and more in the evenings, with opportunities for the young people to take part in some of the fun outdoor activities which Glan-llyn has to offer, too. Towards the end of the course, there is also a chance to perform.
Players need to have their own instrument, and be able to play at least to a basic standard. Instrumentalists are asked to tell us on the enrolment form their approximate level of experience, from the following options: Relative Beginner: has basic command of instrument; can play easy scales and a few simple tunes Intermediate: a player of increasing assurance with a reasonable familiarity with different tune types Advanced: a confident player with a significant amount of performance experience. Ability to read music is not a requirement, nor is previous experience of folk music, though participants must be aware that most of the workshops will be taught by ear.
These are open to everyone from beginners to experienced participants. No previous experience of folk singing is needed.
Last year there were two clog dance classes; an intermediate and an advanced class.
Past Tutors have included, Branwen Haf Williams, Gwenan Gibbard, Jordan Price Williams, Rhys Morris, Oli Wilson-Dickson, Aneirin Jones, Bethan Rhiannon, Huw Williams, Patrick Rimes, Gwen Màiri and Dan Lawrence.