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The Festival has since been expanded to include: Piano and Instrumental, Choral Speech, Poetry, Public Speaking, Dancing, and was one of the first Festivals to include French classes.
The Festival, now in its II th year has grown from under 500 entries to almost 900, involving over 2,500 children and adults. It is held for 3 full days, ten days after the Easter holidays.
The present executive is headed by Mrs. Gordon Snider, Presi dent, and Mrs. Jack Hill, Secretary.
We don't have all the names of Portage musicians through the years. In fact we have very few.
John Nickless, who studied in Torrington's College of Music in Toronto, and also took lessons from Prof. Nugler in Turin, Italy, became a Portager in H;94 and opened a classroom where he gave instruction on the violin. He also started an orchestra that was in much demand il t tha t time.
Prof. C. F. Nield came several years later and taught piano, organ and voice.
iVlr. Gordon P. Watson.
Mr. Gordon P. Watson, son of Mr. Percy L. Watson who is one of the few livin« original members of the world renowned Huddles-
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field Choral Society (their recording of Handel's Messiah, conducted
by Sir Malcolm Sargent, is classed amongst the world's great per-