Music: Eisteddfod

Wet throats make better music than wet harps. Prince Maelgwn Gwynedd of Wales found this out in the 6th century after his vocalists and harpists had swum a river. Thereat he proclaimed the supremacy of vocal music. Ever since that time Welshmen have congregated for Eisteddfodau (music festivals which are also contests).

Last week the Welsh Royal National Eisteddfod was held amid the bowers of Sefton Park in smoky Liverpool, most populous with Welshmen (75,000) of any city save London. From all over the world went humming Welshmen, chiefly of course from the...

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