Wales Harp Festival to be held 6 & 7 April 2016

Published on 24 March, 2016

The Wales Harp Festival will be held on Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 April at the arts centre, Galeri, in the culturally dynamic town of Caernarfon.  Directed by world renowned harpist Elinor Bennett, this year’s Festival features a two-day course for harpists, as well as public concerts and a lecture recital.   The Festival is an annual event organised by Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias Music Centre. Every fourth year it becomes the larger scale Wales International Harp Festival.  The next International Festival will be held in 2018.

A two-day Harp Course takes place from 10am – 5pm on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 April and is suitable for harpists of all ages and abilities. Tutors include Festival Director, Elinor Bennett, Eira Lynn Jones (Professor of Harp at the Royal Northern College of Music), Morwen Blythin, Einir Wyn Hughes and Dylan Wyn Rowlands.

On Wednesday 6 April at 7pm, Lord Thomas of Gresford, QC, gives a fascinating history of his family who originate from the famous Welsh Romani, Abram Wood.  Lord Thomas is descended from Abram Wood’s granddaughter, Black Ellen – a reputed witch – whom he describes as “the finest story-teller and the most powerful witch of all the descendants”.

Another prominent member of his family was the famous harpist, John Roberts, ‘The Harpist of Wales’ whose 200th anniversary we celebrate during this year’s Festival. Following his family tradition, Lord Thomas has recently learnt to play the harp and will perform short excerpts during his talk.

Festival Director Elinor Bennett said: “It is particularly interesting that a distinguished member of the Upper Chamber in Parliament UK talks about his itinerant and immigrant ancestors who contributed so richly to folk music in Wales over two hundred years ago.”

The talk is followed by a short performance by Elinor Bennett on the Welsh Triple Harp.  Her programme will include Sonata No.3 from Four Lessons 1761 written by the great 18th century harpist John Parry. “

A spectacle of fifty harpists playing together takes place on the galleries and balconies of the Galeri foyer at 5:00pm on Thursday 7 April.  This event will include a variety of ensemble pieces and a mass performance of dance tunes taught during the course by Robin Huw Bowen in further
commemoration of John Roberts.

The Festival Concert features a range of music from traditional to jazz and takes place on Thursday 7 April at 7:30pm. Gypsy music of Wales is performed by Robin Huw Bowen ‘Master of the Triple Harp’and performing Irish folk music are Irish duo Chris Newman (guitar) and Maire Ni Chathasaigh (harp), who has just been awarded Female Musician of the Year in Live Ireland 2016 Awards. 
Award-winning young harpist Ben Creighton-Griffiths plays jazz on the new Camac Electric Harp,
incorporating its technology and impressive special effects into his programme. This exceptionally talented harpist, who is still in his teens, made his first international professional debut in 2004 at only 7 years old. 

The 2016 Wales Harp Festival is supported by Clogau Gold, Arts Council of Wales, Gwynedd Council and Telynau Vining Harps.  

Make a Donation

Would you like to support the work of Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias?

Upcoming Events

Other Articles

Annual Report April 2019 – March 2020

Annual Report April 2019 – March 2020

2019-2020 has been another busy year for CGWM and it was wonderful to celebrate twenty years since the Centre opened its doors by inviting some of our past and present pupils to mark the occasion at a special concert in Galeri. Download the Report

Success of our Virtual Piano Day

Success of our Virtual Piano Day

After our highly successful Piano day last year we were determined not to let the current situation with Covid-19 defeat us, so we moved this year’s Piano Day on-line. The response was very encouraging with 65 performances given by pianists of all standard and ages,...

Let’s stay in touch!

Let’s stay in touch!

We’d love to keep you up-to-date about the latest news and upcoming events at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias.

I'd like to hear about
Language

You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at post@cgwm.org.uk. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please see our Privacy Policy. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use MailChimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to MailChimp for processing. Learn more about MailChimp's privacy practices here.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Aros mewn cyswllt!

Aros mewn cyswllt!

Hoffech chi dderbyn y wybodaeth diweddaraf am newyddion a digwyddiadau Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias?

Fe hoffwn glywed am
Iaith

Mae'n bosib i chi newid eich meddwl ar unrhyw adeg drwy glicio y ddolen dad-danysgrifo ar waelod unrhyw ebost rydych chi'n ei dderbyn gennym ni, neu drwy gysylltu â ni ar post@cgwm.org.uk. Rydym ni'n trin eich gwybodaeth â pharch. Am ragor o wybodaeth am ein harferion preifatrwydd gwelwch ein Polisi Preifatrwydd. Drwy glicio isod, rydych chi’n cytuno i ni brosesu eich gwybodaeth yn unol â’r termau hyn.

Rydym ni'n defnyddio MailChimp fel ein platfform marchnata. Drwy glicio isod i danysgrifio, rydych chi'n cydnabod y bydd eich gwybodaeth yn cael ei drosglwyddo i MailChimp er mwyn ei brosesu. Gallwch ddysgu mwy am ymarferion preifatrwydd MailChimp yma.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Share This