COVID-19

Our original plan was to re-schedule the festival to August 2020 but as the situation with Covid-19 is so uncertain we feel that the wisest option by now is to postpone until Easter 2021. The 2021 festival will be held in Galeri Caernarfon on the 30 + 31 March 2021 and we really do hope that you will be able to join us. We plan to keep as close as possible to the format and programme for 2020 festival.

Programme

Tickets for the Festival events are sold by the Galeri Caernarfon Box Office: 01286 685 222.

Concert: Children’s Harp Ensemble

8 April 2020, 2:00pm, Galeri Caernarfon

Concert by the TUDublin Junior Harp Ensemble and course members

Galeri Café Concert: The Junior Harp Ensemble of TU Dublin

8 April 2020, 5:30pm, Caffi Galeri Caernarfon

Concert by the TUDublin Junior Harp Ensemble.

Nansi Richards Scholarship Competition

8 April 2020, 6:00pm, Galeri Caernarfon

This event is organised in collaboration with the Nansi Richard Scholarship Trust.

Galeri Galleries!

9 April 2020, 5:00pm, Galeri Caernarfon

50 harpists from the Festival course will perform together.

Festival Concert

9 April 2020, 7:30pm, Theatr Galeri Caernarfon

Two of Wales’ brightest stars: Fabulous classical harpists, Gwenllian Llŷr, master of the jazz harp, Ben Creighton-Griffiths and his band, Transatlantic Hot Club [Adrien Chevalier (Violin) Ashley John Long (Double Bass)]. Also to include performances by Côr Telynau Gwynedd a Môn & Senior Telynau Clwyd.

Elen Hydref

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.

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Elen Hydref

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.

Elinor Bennett

ELINOR BENNETT studied with Osian Ellis at the Royal Academy of Music, London, after completing a degree in Law, and played with major British orchestras in her early career. Elinor has made many recordings, ranging from 20th Century classics  to Welsh traditional music on Triple Harp.  Leading composers have written for her, and she directed harp studies at Bangor University. She was awarded OBE for services to music and  Honorary Fellowships from the  Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Universities, Fellowships from Royal Academy of Music and Welsh College of Music and Drama,  and an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Wales. She has directed the Thai International Harp Festival, and the  Wales International Harp Festival.  

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Elinor Bennett

ELINOR BENNETT studied with Osian Ellis at the Royal Academy of Music, London, after completing a degree in Law, and played with major British orchestras in her early career. Elinor has made many recordings, ranging from 20th Century classics  to Welsh traditional music on Triple Harp.  Leading composers have written for her, and she directed harp studies at Bangor University. She was awarded OBE for services to music and  Honorary Fellowships from the  Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Universities, Fellowships from Royal Academy of Music and Welsh College of Music and Drama,  and an Honorary Doctorate in Music from the University of Wales. She has directed the Thai International Harp Festival, and the  Wales International Harp Festival.  

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