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BELGIAN REFUGEE MUSICIANS IN MID WALES DURING THE FIRST WORLD WAR

From the beginning of the First World War in 1914, Belgian refugees
were coming to Britain in their thousands. Among them were artists
and musicians eager to continue their work in their new surroudings.
This paper presents new research about a group of Belgian
musicians who found sanctuary in Wales in the early years of WW1
and performed in concerts throughout Wales, supported by the
Davies sisters of Gregynog as well as other Welsh philanthropists.
Research in Belgium has revealed concert programmes and other
information about these musicians and the contribution they made to
Welsh cultural life, including original compositions inspired by the
welcome they received in Wales.

 

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