St David’s Day Concert in Amsterdam

St David’s Day is traditionally celebrated on 1st March each year. On the nearest weekend to 1st March there is a St David’s Day concert in the English reformed church in het Begijnhof. The afternoon starred the wonderful Welsh soprano and harpist, Rachel Ann Morgan.  She was accompanied by tenor, Geraint Roberts and by fellow harpists Edward and Chris Witsenburg. Traditional Welsh song and poetry made it into a joyous and uplifting afternoon. In the interval tea and traditional Welsh cakes were served. Welsh cakes always remind me of my Auntie Beattie and dutiful visits to her remote farm. She always had a supply of Welsh cakes on the go. They can be rather dry and stick to the top of your mouth so a swig of strong tea is essential to help wash them down!

I dearly would have loved to have joined in with the National anthem which traditionally closes the concert, but unfortunately even though my ancestry is half-Welsh I don’t speak or sing Welsh! 


About susancarey

Angela writes using pseudonym, Susan Carey. She has dual nationality, GB/NL and lives in Nijmegen. Susan has had short fiction published on multiple platforms and was a runner-up in the 2018 and 2017 Casket of Fictional Delights Flash Competitions. Her writing has also been published and performed by amongst others: Mslexia, Liars’ League, Reflex Fiction, the Casket and of course the wonderful Writers Abroad. In 2020 she published her short story collection, Healer. Tweets at @su_carey
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2 Responses to St David’s Day Concert in Amsterdam

  1. Sally Robinson says:

    Sounds really good. Such a pity I missed it.


  2. pfornari says:

    There’s nothing quite like Welsh singing…really uplifting. We celebrated St David’s Day at the British Club – we were given daffodil pins to wear, and I wore mine in my ears! WE didn’t score too well on the Welsh-themed quiz, I’m afraid…


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