‘Welsh Weekend’ to feature music competition

A Welsh Weekend will be held this weekend at First Congregational Church, 1405 State 67, Plymouth, featuring a musical competition/concert with a $150 prize Saturday, May 5, at 7 p.m.

There will be a Gymanfa Ganu Welsh and English Hymn Sing Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the church.

The kick off event is a Pub Night Friday at 52 Stafford – Irish Inn & Pub in Plymouth at 6 p.m. Enjoy a meal and some singing.

Saturday workshops at First Congregational Church include:

11 a.m. Registration of Visual Arts competition and Musical Eisteddfod Entries.

1:30 p.m. “The Welsh Tea Cake Bake-Off,” like the well known PBS show. Contestants will have a set time to mix, bake and present their samples. Then they will be judged by a panel of two experts. For more information and to register please email Kim Corbin at kimacorbin@gmail.com or call her at 608-393-3748.

2:30 p.m. Tea Break- sample the bake off Welsh Tea Cakes.

3:30 p.m. Welsh Geneaology lead by Kent Marsden from Janesville.

4:30 p.m. Preview of the 2019 North American Festival of Wales which will be held in Milwaukee.

5 p.m. Announcement of winners of Bake Off, The Chair for the Literary Award and The Crown for Visual Arts Award. See wggaw.org for entry information.

5:30 p.m. Ham Dinner.

7 p.m. Musical Eisteddfod Competition with $150 prize for winner.

Welsh Weekend Eisteddfod Theme is Hiraeth: nostalgia for homeland of Wales. Wales has an Eisteddfod every summer. It is like a state fair, but with literary and musical competitions with one grand award for each.

Musical Eisteddfod: Prize of $150. Instrumental and/or vocal entries, Solos or Ensembles are judged on how well the entry captures the Eisteddfod theme of Hiraeth or nostalgia; the extent to which it incorporates Celtic components; and the quality of the work. The works performed do not need to be original compositions.

Performance competition is 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at First Congregational Church.

Sunday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Gymanfa Ganu Welsh Hymn Sing.

Come sing in four-part harmony. Mostly in English, and some in Welsh. The church choir will provide some special music.

Dulais Rhys is the conductor. Dulais grew up in Camarthan, Wales, Great Britain. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Wales with his dissertation on the life and music of Joseph Parry. He is a composer, arranger, conductor and adjudicator, and has taught in Trinity College of Music in London and Swansea University. He currently resides and is active in music in Billings, Mont.

Organist is Steve Jensen from Milwaukee.


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