Wales Harp Festival 2021

The Eternal Muse

30 + 31 March 2021

Festival Director: Elinor Bennett

Festival President: Osian Ellis
(1928 – 2021)




30 / 31 March 2021

An great opportunity for harpists from Grades 1 – 7 to participate in virtual classes with others of similar a standard.

Masterclass / Session 1

Masterclass with Elinor Bennett

30 March 2021, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Elinor Bennett invites harpists to send recordings of music for comments and help in preparing and interpreting.


Lecture: ‘Working with Benjamin Britten’ by Osian Ellis

30 March, 7:30pm

A recording from our Festival in 2013 of a lecture given by Osian Ellis.


Remembering Osian

30 March 2021, 8:30pm

(English) Tributes by colleagues and friends.

Masterclass / Session 2

Masterclass with Elinor Bennett

31 March 2021, 12:00 – 1:30pm

Elinor Bennett invites harpists to send recordings of music for comments and help in preparing and interpreting.

Performance & Discussion

Sioned Williams: Reflection and Inspiration

31 March 2021, 2:00pm

A heartfelt tribute, through words and music, to inspiring harp teachers – Osian Ellis, Mair Jones ac Ann Griffiths.


Cofio Osian

31 March 2021, 5:00pm

An opportunity for friends of Osian to share memories (Welsh language).

Virtual Performance

The Meeting of the Waters

31 March, 6:00pm

A special concert of Irish music by friends of the Wales Harp Festival from Dublin.


Festival Concert

31 March 2021, 8:00pm

Osian Ellis: Dagrau / Lachrymae
Benjamin Britten: Suite for Harp
Osian Ellis: Clymau Cytgerdd i 2 delyn / Diversions for 2 harps

A Message from Elinor Bennett

Artistic Director

The virtual version of the Wales Harp Festival aims to transmit the harp’s “eternal muse” to future generations.

Events will be held online to remember the Festival President,  Osian Ellis, with contributions in word and music from Osian’s students and colleagues.

Covid will not prevent us from keeping traditions alive.  In the middle of our troubles,  the harp and its music can raise spirits and enrich lives.

Read the full message here.

Course Teachers

Elen Hydref, Elinor Bennett

Ann Jones:
We are very sorry that Ann Jones will not be able to take part in the Wales Harp Festival this year for sad, personal reasons. Very recently, Ann’s husband passed away. We send our deepest condolences to her and the family at this difficult time.

Thanks to our Sponsors


The Wales Harp Festival is organised by Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias (William Mathias Music Centre).

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias provides high quality music tuition and experiences to people of all age groups at its centres in Caernarfon, Denbigh and Ruthin and through an extensive programme of education and community projects.

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