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Tribute to Osian Ellis
Elinor Bennett & Elen Hydref
31 March 2021, 8:00pm
Osian Ellis: Lachrymae
Benjamin Britten: Suite for Harp
Osian Ellis: Clymau Cytgerdd i 2 delyn
In this short virtual concert, we wish to pay homage to Osian Ellis, the Festival’s ex-President and one of the greatest harpists of our time. By transmitting the “eternal muse” we wish to ensure that his love of the harp and its music is kept alive by a new generation of harpists. Elinor Bennett studied with Osian Ellis at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and was Elen Hydref’s teacher at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias for several years. Representing the new generation, Elen also received some lessons from Osian Ellis before studying at the Royal Academy of Music and becoming one of the foremost young harpists in Britain today.
This concert will be available to watch from 8:00pm on Wednesday, 31 March.
A ticket to view the event is not necessary, but donations are welcomed.
Welsh harpist Elen Hydref enjoys a career freelancing with some of the UK and Norway’s finest orchestras including Welsh National Opera Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Royal Opera House Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra. Alongside her orchestral career she enjoys teaching and has tutored on the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain and Wales Harp Festival courses several times.
Elen studied with Elinor Bennett and Dylan Rowlands in North Wales before moving to London to study with Skaila Kanga and Catherine White at The Purcell School of Music and The Royal Academy of Music.
Whilst preparing for the Strings Final of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2004, Elinor Bennett arranged for Elen to have a series of lessons with the late Osian Ellis.