Registration Form Now Available: Plans are well underway for the Ontario Welsh Festival to be held in Ottawa April 22-24, 2016.
We are very honoured to have the renowned Côrdydd, a prize winning mixed choir from Cardiff, Wales, together with extra-special guests, the world renowned Three Welsh Tenors, taking part in the festival, including the Saturday evening concert.
In addition, we will have all your usual favourites such as a welcome tea with harp entertainment on Friday afternoon and a traditional noson lawen with loads of talented participants on Friday evening, followed by informal hymn singing. On Saturday there will be children’s activities, a lunch banquet with a presentation of the annual Gold Award and the grand concert, followed by a concert afterglow. On Sunday morning and afternoon there will be two glorious hymn singing sessions.
There will also be two seminars on Saturday afternoon: Dr Paul Birt, Chair of the Celtic Studies Dept at Ottawa University, will talk about Patagonia and Mary Muckle will give a hands on seminar about the harp with an opportunity for some participants to learn how to playing. There will be a tour of the National Art Gallery on Friday, focusing on pictures with Welsh connections.
The Festival headquarters, where many of the activities will take place, is the stately Lord Elgin Hotel, ideally located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, just steps away from many attractions including the National War Memorial, the beautiful walks along the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River, the impressive National Art Gallery and the splendid Parliament Buildings.
The Saturday night concert and the two Gymanfa sessions on Sunday will take place at Dominion Chalmers United Church , a gracious old church with a magnificent interior and wonderful acoustics located just a 10 minute walk from The Lord Elgin Hotel. A bus will be available for those not wishing to or unable to walk. Festival rates are $147 Canadian per night.
Please mark your calendars for the weekend of April 22-24, 2016!
We will be mailing your registration form early in the New Year. We suggest that you secure your room right now by calling the Lord Elgin Hotel at 1-800-267-4298 or 613-235-3333..; 613