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Top harpist dedicates performance to Catrin Finch who’s battling cancer

One of the world’s top harpists has come to the rescue of an international festival after Catrin Finch was forced to pull out because she is battling breast cancer. According to Isabelle Moretti, she will dedicate her performance at the fourth Wales International Harp Festival in Caernarfon to the former royal harpist who recently announced [...]

By | 2018-03-24T11:33:03+00:00 March 15, 2018|

Sponsor a String appeal will be prelude to success for talented harpists of the future

An acclaimed teaching centre is hoping to tug at the heart strings of music lovers by offering them the chance to support the studies of talented young harpists. Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias in Caernarfon, which is currently providing tuition for over 400 aspiring musicians, has launched its Sponsor a String appeal which aims to raise [...]

By | 2018-03-08T14:37:15+00:00 March 13, 2018|

Emotional concert will remember controversial drowning of village

A top harpist revealed the Welsh premiere of a new piece of music to remember the controversial drowning of a village will be a highly emotional occasion for her. Huw T Edwards Sioned Williams’ grandfather Huw T Edwards led the campaign against the submerging of Capel Celyn in the Tryweryn valley above Bala [...]

By | 2018-03-14T11:23:53+00:00 March 11, 2018|

90th birthday tribute to harp legend Osian Ellis

The life and work of a globally-renowned harpist who started playing again as he approached his 90th birthday will be celebrated at an international festival. The fourth Wales International Harp Festival in Caernarfon will be honouring the legendary Dr Osian Ellis CBE who collaborated with leading British composer Benjamin Britten and played on the madcap [...]

By | 2018-03-05T14:12:38+00:00 March 9, 2018|

Choral Concert

Easter Monday, April 2 2018 | 7:30pm St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Caernarfon The Palestrina Choir, Dublin (Director: Blanaid Murphy) Harps: Sioned Williams, Anne Denholm Rutter: Dancing Day Imogen Holst: Welcome Joy, Welcome Sorrow Gustav Holst: Rig Veda Interval Michael Stimpson: The Drowning of Capel Celyn (First performance in Wales) Benjamin Britten: A Ceremony of [...]

By | 2018-03-06T15:03:59+00:00 March 7, 2018|

A Celebration of the Music of Osian Ellis

Sunday, April 1 2018 | 8:00pm | Theatre, Galeri Caernarfon Sioned Gwen Davies (Mezzo-soprano) Rhys Meirion (Tenor) Valeria Voshchennikova (Russia) 2014 Chief Musician CGWM String and Harp Quartets Senior Harp Consort Gwynedd & Môn Dawns i Bawb dancers Programme Includes: “Osian” The First Performance of a collaborative new work created by the poet, Mererid Hopwood, [...]

By | 2018-03-05T13:24:11+00:00 March 5, 2018|

Our Competition Entrants

The inspirational stories of our competition entrants provide an amazing insight into their dedication to become the very best musicians. Here we provide details of two young musicians and their musical journey. Cassandra Tomella (Italy) - Youth Competition This is the third time Cassandra (photo above) has competed in Wales. She has always been enthralled [...]

By | 2018-02-16T17:21:04+00:00 February 20, 2018|

World Music Competition attracts competitors from around the globe

Enter the World Music Competition - a wonderful experience with prizes of up to £1000 The Wales International Harp Festival attracts an amazing collection of musicians playing a diverse range of music. The World Music Competition is an excellent example of the international nature of the festival. We review two entrants for the competition [...]

By | 2018-02-09T15:17:25+00:00 February 9, 2018|

Important Announcement Regarding the Concert to Launch the Wales International Harp Festival IV – Sir Bryn Terfel & Hannah Stone 8.2.18

We regret to inform you of an unavoidable change to the date of the above concert. On medical advice, and to protect his voice, Sir Bryn Terfel is having to take an enforced period of rest. In a statement, he said: “I’m desperately disappointed not to be able to perform at the Pontio Arts and [...]

By | 2017-12-20T19:31:22+00:00 December 20, 2017|

Gwyn Owen to perform at Sir Bryn Terfel concert to launch Wales International Harp Festival IV

A group of amazing young musicians will perform with Sir Bryn Terfel at his first performance in the Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio including trumpeter Gwyn Owen. Originally from Bangor, Gwyn graduated from the Royal Academy of Music last year with a Masters degree, after studying there for five years. In addition to working free-lance as Principal [...]

By | 2017-12-01T12:30:04+00:00 December 5, 2017|