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Memorable Manitobans: Gwendda Davies (1896-1988)

Musician, teacher.

Born Dorothy Owen in Wickham Market, England, she was an early gold medallist in advanced piano who subsequently performed at Queen’s Hall in London. She came to Manitoba in 1923 to teach at Rupertsland College and decided to remain to teach piano. She studied with Nadia Boulanger in 1930. She accompanied many singers and choirs over the years and occasionally performed as soloist with musical aggregations such as the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra. She died in Winnipeg.

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 25 February 2008

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