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Cymdeithas Gymreig Canolbarth Ohio

Promoting a strong and vibrant Welsh community in Central Ohio

Cymanfa Ganu Press Release

“Croeso pawb!” That’s “Welcome all!” in Welsh. The 73rd annual Cymanfa Ganu hosted by the Welsh Society of Central Ohio (WSCO), will be held at 2:30 P.M. in the sanctuary at Central College Presbyterian Church, 975 S. Sunbury Rd., Westerville, OH 43081, on Sunday, October 17.

A Welsh te bach (little tea) will immediately follow in Ballard Hall, featuring fare such as Welsh tea cakes, shortbread, punch, and coffee/tea.

Conductor, Kevin Fancher, is currently the Director of Music at Horizon Science Academy Middle School in Columbus, and holds degrees in Music and Education from the College of Wooster, and Full Sail University.  He has been a professional musician, vocalist, director, and educator for nearly 20 years, having taught throughout Ohio, as well as New York City.  In Venedocia, Ohio, Kevin has attended the Gymanfa Ganu nearly every year of his life, where he has also served as featured vocal soloist, and the high tenor in his family’s quintet.  He will be the Venedocia conductor in 2022.  Kevin, his wife, Katy, and their son, Rhys, live in Dublin, Ohio.

Featured interlude entertainers include Duo Celeste, comprised of long-time organist, James Hildreth, and flautist, Valorie Adams-Hildreth. 

James David Hildreth holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Sacred Music in Choral Conducting from Southern Methodist University.  Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Hildreth was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and since 1988 has been Organist for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and performed with the Columbus Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra on multiple occasions.  Since 1987 he has been Organist for Broad Street Presbyterian Church here in Columbus.  Mr. Hildreth serves as the organist for WSCO’s gymanfa, and has graciously done so for the past 20 years.

Valorie Adams-Hildreth, a Columbus native, received a degree in Flute Performance from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master’s degree from Duquesne University.  She has participated in advanced master classes with some of the world’s most famous flautists, such as James Galway, and Jean-Pierre Rampal.  Ms. Adams-Hildreth has performed with the Bexley Meadows Concert Band, Central Ohio Symphony, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and is a frequent freelance performer with Starwood Trio,  Duo Dolcissimo (flute and harp), and Duo Celeste.  She operates a private flute studio, and is a clinician with the Westerville Schools, and Columbus Catholic schools.

All are encouraged to come and sing using provided Welsh/English songbooks. 

Information can also be found at:  info@welshsocietyofcentralohio.org, the website:  welshsocietyofcentralohio.org, or facebook.com/welshsocietyofcentralohio, or phone 614/500-7998.

See below Paypal link or click here WSCO Cymanfa Donation Form if you’d like to donate in memory of/in honor of a loved one, or to support WSCO’s ongoing mission. NOTE:  Board member, Laura Thomas, is our ‘point person’ to check if the Gymanfa is still being held (depending on what state mandates dictate). Contact her at:  614.364.0122.  If you don’t reach her, please leave a message w/phone #, & she’ll return your call..