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The Fourth Wales International Harp Festival will be held on April 1- 7, 2018 at Galeri, Caernarfon to celebrate the 90th birthday of the legendary harpist, Dr. Osian Ellis CBE, and the enormous contribution that he made to music-making over a period of 70 years.

There will be concerts, competitions, master-classes, lectures, fun classes for absolute beginners, harp exhibitions and much more…

Harpists from all over the world will come to Caernarfon to join in the celebrations, and make friends through music.

Festival President: Osian Ellis | Festival Director: Elinor Bennett

Our Concerts

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At a Glance

A Celebration of the Music of Osian Ellis
1 April, 8:00pm, Galeri Caernarfon

Choral Concert
2 April, 7:30pm, St Mary’s Church Caernarfon

Concert: Welsh Song Cycles
3 April, 7:30pm, St Mary’s Church Caernarfon

Welsh Traditional Evening
4 April, 8:00pm, Galeri Caernarfon

Chamber Music Concert
5 April, 7:30pm, Galeri Caernarfon

Folk Concert
6 April, 7:30pm, Galeri Caernarfon

Chief Musician Contest
7 April, 7:30pm, Galeri Caernarfon

The Latest News

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Sponsor a String!

By sponsoring a string you will help to provide scholarships for three young harpists which will help them pay for a series of specialist harp lessons.

A Triple Harp is exhibited at Galeri Caernarfon, and a label with the name of a sponsor is tied on to one of its 90 strings when a donation is received from a kind and generous individual.

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