Visitors to Quadrant Shopping Centre were treated to the sensational sounds of Cornish shanty singers to help raise money for the Swansea-based Ty Olwen Hospice.
Singers from the ‘Oll an Gwella’ group, which is part of the Newquay Male Choir, raised more than £390 on the day. The group – with its name meaning ‘all the best’ in Cornish – sang acapella to hundreds of shoppers who gathered to enjoy two rousing 30-minute performances, which included spine-tingling traditional renditions of a variety of classic folk and shanty songs.
Paul Murray, vice-chairman of the Ty Olwen Trust, said: “The performances given at Quadrant Shopping Centre were incredibly successful, not only raising much-needed funding but it also gave these very talented singers a platform to show off their incredible musical talents. They had the crowds mesmerised.
“Also, a massive ‘thank you’ to the centre for welcoming the choir. The gentlemen had a great spot to perform from which really helped to create a truly enjoyable show, especially as the acoustics in the centre really added depth to their fantastic singing voices.”
Ty Olwen Trust provides palliative care to those with cancer and life-limiting diseases through the provision of amenities, equipment, services and facilities not normally provided by the NHS. It also assists and supports family members of patients, as well as promoting essential research into the causes of such illnesses and cutting-edge treatment.
Lisa Hartley, Quadrant Shopping Centre manager, said: “The presence of the choir created a wonderful atmosphere for our weekend shoppers. It’s always such a pleasure to have talented people in the centre and music in particular always gives an uplifting vibe. The performers incredible harmonies literally made people stop in their tracks and we’re thrilled they received generous donations from shoppers.”