Celtic Harp Competition for Children and Youth

 

The St. David's Welsh Society of Edmonton hosted its seventh Celtic Harp Competition for Children and Youth on FEBRUARY 6, 2016 at Grant MacEwan Alberta College, MacDonald Drive, Edmonton.

Deborah Nyack returned as adjudicator.

Harpists between the ages of 9 to 24 competed for prizes. Adults, 25 years and older, were also welcome to enter as non-adjudicated participants.

No harp competition will be held in 2017.

More Facts

Saints:  St. David (c. 500-c. 589), a Welsh bishop, teacher, and preacher, is the patron saint of Wales.

St. Dwynwen (6th century) is the Welsh patron saint of lovers.

Harp: The harp is the national instrument of Wales. Harps have been played in Wales since at least the 11th century.

Immigration

Attracted by the opportunities, many Welsh immigrants settle in Alberta. Coal miners found work in the mines in the Coal Branch in the mountains while others came to the Edmonton mines. Farmers found workable land in Wood River, near Ponoka, Alberta.

Edmonton Girls' School

The Llanarthney School for Girls was established by Gladys Maddock (d. 1939), a graduate of Oxford, in Edmonton's Oliver neighbourhood in 1914. Gladys who was of Welsh descent named the school for a village in southern Wales. (http://www.rewedmonton.ca/content_view2?CONTENT_ID=515)

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