Gymanfa Ganu Press Release

“Croeso pawb!” That’s “Welcome all!” in Welsh. The 68th annual Gymanfa Ganu (a gathering time of Welsh singing), hosted by the Welsh Society of Central Ohio, 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 16, 2016.  This year’s gymanfa is dedicated to Megg Hukill.  

A te bach (little tea) will immediately follow in Ballard Hall, featuring traditional fare such as homemade Welsh tea cakes, shortbread, and other finger foods, punch, and tea. The te bach is dedicated to Peggy Morgan Speakman, a former board member.

Featured conductor, Trefor Williams, a native of Cardiganshire, Wales, moved from Wales in 1998 to Milwaukee, WI.  In 2006, Mr. Williams established and served as artistic director for Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices, where he produced and directed over 30 shows in the ensuing years. He still is Artistic Director.  He is frequently invited to conduct and sing at Welsh-American events across the United States, where he specializes in Welsh language music.  Trefor has been Music Director at several churches in the Milwaukee area, as well as at Festival City Brass.  He chaired the music department at Milwaukee Montessori School.  He has conducted the Gymanfa at Venedocia, OH several times, and served as conductor here at Central Ohio’s Gymanfa 10 years ago.

 Other entertainers include Duo Celeste, comprised of organist, James Hildreth and flautist, Valorie Adams-Hildreth. 

James 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 the gymanfa, and he has graciously done so for the past 15 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 is a member of Bexley Meadows Concert Band, and is a frequent freelance performer with Silverwood Trio, and Duo Dolcissimo.  She operates a private flute studio, and is a clinician with the Westerville Schools, and Columbus Catholic schools.

All who love to sing, or who love to hear Welsh voices raised in songs of praise are encouraged to come.  Participants will sing songs in both Welsh or English, using provided Welsh/English songbooks.  For further information, please use the following:, or phone 614/500-7998, or visit the website:

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