Friendly Beasts – Christmas concert benefitting Hope for Wildlife


a Harp Christmas concert to benefit HOPE FOR WILDLIFE

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 7:00pm

Port Wallis United Church, 263 Waverley Road in Dartmouth


The next FRIENDLY BEASTS: a Christmas concert to benefit HOPE FOR WILDLIFE will be held on December 8th, 2013 – mark your calendars, Hope for Wildlife and music fans!

Once again, Port Wallis United Church has generously agreed to host our event, which this year will feature harps and other instruments, Gaelic song, Celtic and traditional sing-along carols, and live animals from Hope for Wildlife! There will also be lovely hand-made crafts available to purchase, made by local artisans to support Hope for Wildlife – a great opportunity to find some unique Christmas gifts.

Admission to the concert is by donation, with all proceeds going directly to The HOPE FOR WILDLIFE Society.

Celebrate the season and support a wonderful cause!

DECEMBER 8th, 2013

7:00 pm

Port Wallis United Church, 263 Waverley Road in Dartmouth.

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Read the articles that appeared in “SNAP Dartmouth” and “The Chronicle Herald” for last year’s 2012 concert!



Link to “The Chronicle Herald” article from 2012





 a Christmas concert to benefit HOPE FOR WILDLIFE

featuring Harps, Cello, Flute, and Guitar

Admission by donation – all proceeds to HOPE FOR WILDLIFE

Celebrate the season and support a wonderful cause!


DECEMBER 15, 2012

7:00 pm

Port Wallis United Church

263 Waverley Road in Dartmouth

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Benefit Christmas concert to support Hope for Wildlife Society

press release by David Harrison

A talented quintet, led by harpist Alys Howe, will present “Friendly Beasts,” a Christmas concert benefiting the Hope for Wildlife Society on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012.

To be held at the Port Wallis United Church on 263Waverley Road in Dartmouth, Friendly Beasts will feature seasonal favourites, as well as original music, both Celtic and classical. Admission to the concert will be by donation with all proceeds going to the Hope for Wildlife Society.

“There will be some audience sing-along carols and a mixture of instrumental Christmas repertoire that is both familiar and less well-known,” says Alys Howe.

Howe, a renowned award-winning harpist, is also an accomplished vocalist. She will be joined at Friendly Beasts by local musicians Catherine Little on cello, Jennifer Publicover on flute, Phil Schappert on guitar and Ellen Gibling on harp.

The Hope for Wildlife Society, based in Seaforth, Nova Scotia has been helping injured and orphaned wild animals since 1997. In their 15 years they’ve grown substantially and currently have over 75 volunteers and rehabilitate over 1,500 animals per year. Since 1997 the society has helped over 15,000 injured and orphaned animals from over 250 different species.

The name of the event, Friendly Beasts, not only signifies the friendly animals supported by Hope for Wildlife, but also one of the pieces scheduled to be part of the show. The song Friendly Beasts is a traditional French carol from the 12th century which has been recorded by a number of famous artists over the years including Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash and Harry Belafonte.

“The concert will also feature repertoire that has been recently composed for the harp by Canadian and North American harpists or composers,” says Howe.

There will also be a few friendly beasts in attendance thanks to our friends at Hope for Wildlife. Rebecca Michelin from Hope for Wildlife will be at the concert along with a couple of the society’s education animals for the audience to interact with during intermission. Michelin will also be able to answer any questions about the society while selling “Sponsor and Animal” packages. Crafts and work produced by local artisans will also be available with proceeds benefiting Hope for Wildlife.