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Memorable Manitobans: Percy Graham “Paddy” Padwick (1888-1938)

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Paddy Padwick
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Educator, music educator.

Born in England, he came to Winnipeg in 1914. He taught at Lord Roberts School in 1920 where he established the Lord Roberts Orchestra, the city’s first school orchestra. Three years later, he founded the Winnipeg Youth Orchestra for children between the ages of 8 and 18 years. Performances by the orchestra were broadcast around Manitoba as instruction for other student musicians. Padwick taught music at Kelvin High School from 1926 to 1938. He founded the Western Canada Junior Symphony Orchestra to perform concerts over CKY Radio to a national audience. He died at Winnipeg on 5 July 1938 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Sources:

“A history of the Manitoba Schools’ Orchestra 1923 to 1964”, Leonard T. Takoski, unpublished MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, 1965.

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

We thank Bobbi Jo Panciera and Gail Singleton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2015

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