Croeso pawb (welcome all) to WSCO’s 74th annual Cymanfa Ganu! Set your calendars for Sunday, October 16, 2022, 2:30 PM at Central College Presbyterian Chapel, 975 South Sunbury Road, Westerville, OH 43081. Bring your singing voice as we gather for this traditional Welsh hymn sing. Hymns are sung in English, though we try our hand at some verses in Welsh. We welcome back our long-time organist, James Hildreth, and for his 2nd year conducting, Kevin Fancher. Between hymn sets, organist James Hildreth and his flutist wife, Valorie Adams-Hildreth, as Duo Celeste, will play Welsh instrumental numbers.
Afterwards, everyone will cross over to Ballard Hall, on the same campus, for a te bach (little tea) where we’ll enjoy Welsh tea cakes, shortbread, and other baked goods, along with punch, coffee, and tea. Please join us as we gather to enjoy those Welsh goodies, chat with each other, learn more about Welsh culture and activities, and WSCO.
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 was conductor at Venedocia in September 2022. Kevin, his wife, Katy, and son, Rhys, live in Dublin, Ohio.
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 her 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. Click here for the WSCO Cymanfa donation form if you’d like to donate in memory/in honor of a loved one, or to support WSCO’s ongoing mission for use the Paypal donation button on this page. Note deadline for inclusion in the printed program.
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