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Anne Denholm

Harpist
Anne Denholm

Harpist

Originally from Carmarthen, Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists and is Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. Anne received her Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London with distinction, graduating with

Arfon Gwilym

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Arfon Gwilym

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Arfon Gwilym’s roots lie deep in Meirionnydd and he graduated in Welsh at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He had a varied career – as journalist, business person, translator, publisher, broadcaster, researcher and administrator. He campaigned for community issues and

Calan

Calan

Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life.

This international award winning band from Wales are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high energy routines.  They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes along

Ensemble Cymru

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Ensemble Cymru

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Ensemble Cymru, Resident Ensemble at Bangor University and Venue Cymru, Llandudno, is the leading chamber music performing group in Wales with core membership of 16 instrumentalists and singers. Established as a charity in 2002, its mission is to champion Wales’

Glain Dafydd

Harpist
Glain Dafydd

Harpist

Glain Dafydd’s music career includes success in competitions such as coming second at the Moscow International Harp Competition (junior category), and being a string finalist in both the BBC Young Musician and the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League competitions.

Glian Llwyd

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Glian Llwyd

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Glian Llwyd graduated with B.Mus at Bangor University and received a Masters degree in piano performance with high praise at Trinity College of Music, London. She has been successful in instrumental competitions at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and the National

Gwenan Gibbard

Harpist
Gwenan Gibbard

Harpist

Gwenan Gibbard stands at the forefront of today’s thriving Welsh traditional music scene with her unique, contemporary arrangements of Welsh traditional music and songs.  She also specialises in the unique art of ‘Cerdd Dant’, the ancient form of singing Welsh

Gwyn Owen

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Gwyn Owen

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Huw Llywelyn

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Huw Llywelyn

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Huw is a trained operatic tenor with over 15 years' experience. Until recently, he was a full-time member of the chorus of Welsh National Opera, and before that, of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. Huw performed as a soloist at many prestigious

Nic Gareiss a Maeve Gilchrist

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Nic Gareiss a Maeve Gilchrist

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Michigan born percussive-dancer, Nic Gareiss and Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Camp in Northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part

Mererid Hopwood

Mererid Hopwood

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Mererid Hopwood
Mererid Hopwood

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Mererid teaches in Yr Athrofa, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. She has won the Chair and Crown for poetry at the National Eisteddfod and the national Prose Medal. She has been Children Laureate for Wales and has won the

Palestrina Choir

Palestrina Choir

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Palestrina Choir
Palestrina Choir

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The Palestrina Choir was formed by Dr Vincent O’Brien in 1903. A performance of Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli brought them to to the attention of patron Edward Martyn, who funded them to take up residence in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.

Rhys Meirion

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Rhys Meirion

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Welsh tenor Rhys Meirion has enjoyed national and international success in opera, recording and broadcasting. Concert highlights include a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall with Bryn Terfel, his BBC Prom debut at the opening night of the BBC

Siân James

Harpist
Siân James

Harpist

Siân is one of Wales’ leading contemporary female vocalists and a foremost innovator in the field of traditional music. She plays the Celtic harp and is an excellent pianist and composer. Her versatility as a performer has taken her to

Sian Wyn Gibson

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Sian Wyn Gibson

Artist

Siân was born in the village of Deiniolen near Caernarfon, and first came to prominence on the Eisteddfod stage. She completed her music training at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Siân performed with The D’oyly Carte Opera Company

Sioned Gwen Davies

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Sioned Gwen Davies

Artist

Sioned Gwen Davies was born in Colwyn Bay. After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London, Sioned made her operatic début as Kate in Scottish Opera’s production of The Pirates of

Sioned Webb

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Sioned Webb

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Sioned Webb was brought up in Bala, a town in Meirionethshire and rich in folk culture. She grew up hearing and learning folk tunes at school and from her father. By the time she went to study with William Mathias

Sioned Williams

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Sioned Williams

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Sioned’s imaginative approach to the harp has earned her an enviable reputation as an international performer and creator of unique flair and individuality. In April 2018, after 28 distinguished years working with leading composers and conductors, she will relinquish her

Two Blonds and a Harp

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Two Blonds and a Harp

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Lowri-Ann Richards and Dylan Cernyw

“If ever there was an appropriate time to say- ‘I’ll have what she’s drinking’- it would be after watching the mini tornado that is Lowri-Ann Richards perform! – A siren of Cabaret” Broadway Baby, Edinburgh Fringe

Valeria Voshchennikova

Harpist
Valeria Voshchennikova

Harpist

Valeria Voshchennikova is a talented Russian harpist with a wide range of classic repertoire, a soloist of Bolshoi theatre orchestra and a Principal Harpist in Moscow Symphony orchestra ‘Russian Philarmonic’. Studying with Milda Agazarian in Gnessin’s School of Music and

Blánaid Murphy

Blánaid Murphy

Blánaid Murphy is one of Ireland’s foremost choral directors and has directed the Palestrina Choir since 2002. She was Organ Scholar at Cambridge University and obtained a Master’s Degree at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. She has vast experience as choral

Cai Fôn Davies

Cai Fôn Davies

Cai is 17 years of age and is currently completing his A levels at Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor. Cai has been performing folk songs since an early age and is grateful to Mair Carrington Roberts, Arfon Gwilym am Sioned Webb for

DIT Harp Ensemble

DIT Harp Ensemble

The harp programme at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama (Dublin, Ireland) encompasses both classical and/or Irish traditional music, with students pursuing study at junior, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Students specialise in either classical or Irish traditional harp through the

Geraint Lewis

Geraint Lewis

Geraint Lewis was born in Cardiff in 1958 and read Music at St.John's College, Cambridge where he was a pupil of the legendary George Guest. He worked for Bangor University and Nimbus Records, was Director of the North Wales International

Isabelle Moretti

Isabelle Moretti

An icon of the harp today, Isabelle Moretti is feted across the world. During the 2017-2018 season, she has given the world premiere of ‘Danse Libre’, Bruno Mantovani’s Concerto for Harp, with the Chamber Orchestra of Paris. Appearances also include

Dynamic Harps

Dynamic Harps

Dynamic Harps is a community based ensemble in Cardiff, Wales. The membership ranges from novice harpists to grade 8 level, with children through to post retirement performing together. This supportive and dedicated group of harp enthusiasts meet weekly to play

Elinor Bennett

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

Dylan Cernyw

Dylan Cernyw

Dylan is a freelance harpist, performer and teacher who lives in North Wales. He has given virtuoso performances in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Canada, Prague, China and Switzerland. Dylan has made guest appearances at the Thousand Voices Festival at the

Ben Creighton-Griffiths

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Ben Creighton-Griffiths

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Benjamin Creighton Griffiths is an Internationally performing harpist based in Cardiff. Classically trained, Ben is in demand for his Electro-Acoustic Jazz Harp work, covering many different genres and using electronics to create unique performances. Benjamin's International engagements (2008 – 2018)

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Valeria Voshchennikova
Harpist
Valeria Voshchennikova

Harpist

Valeria Voshchennikova is a talented Russian harpist with a wide range of classic repertoire, a soloist of Bolshoi theatre orchestra and a Principal Harpist in Moscow Symphony orchestra ‘Russian Philarmonic’. Studying with Milda Agazarian in Gnessin’s School of Music and Russian Academy of Music, she became a prize winner of many All-Russian and International competitions, including USA International Harp Competition and III Wales International Harp Festival.The young harpist is an active performer on different concert stages in Russia and abroad. She gave a solo recital in HarpMasters Festspiele (Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland), was featured in Camac Harp Festival (Nancy, France).

Nic Gareiss a Maeve Gilchrist
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Nic Gareiss a Maeve Gilchrist

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Michigan born percussive-dancer, Nic Gareiss and Scottish harpist Maeve Gilchrist met while teaching at the Shasta Fiddle Camp in Northern California. They continued their musical relationship with spontaneous collaborations at festivals and chance meetings and later toured together as part of Darol Anger's band, 'The Furies'. At the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow this year, Nic and Maeve made their debut performance as a duo to great acclaim and have been picking up steam with the show ever since. Sharing a deep respect for traditional music and culture while drawing on contemporary elements of music, dance, rhythm and improvisation, Nic and Maeve have emerged from the vibrant new acoustic scene as innovators in their fields. The percussion and drive of Nic's footwork combined with Maeve's melodic and improvisational sensibilities make for an explosive duet that delights both the ears and the eyes.

Blánaid Murphy
Blánaid Murphy

Blánaid Murphy is one of Ireland’s foremost choral directors and has directed the Palestrina Choir since 2002. She was Organ Scholar at Cambridge University and obtained a Master’s Degree at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart. She has vast experience as choral director, conductor, adjudicator, consultant and educator. She is director of several choirs including the RTE Children’s Choir, Dublin Bach Singers, and Carlow Choral Society, and lectures on choral conducting at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Her many recordings include the record-breaking ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ CD and six CDs with the Palestrina Choir. Blánaid is chairperson of the RSCM Ireland (Royal School of Church Music) and she is Director of the Pro-Cathedral Concert Series.

Anne Denholm
Harpist
Anne Denholm

Harpist

Originally from Carmarthen, Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists and is Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. Anne received her Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London with distinction, graduating with a Regency Award for notable achievement and as the first ever harpist to win the historic RAM Club Prize. Anne gives regular solo and chamber recitals and freelances with orchestras and choirs across Britain. Since 2016 she has been Principal Harpist with Ensemble Cymru, a group touring chamber music across Wales. She is also a solo harpist with Live Music Now.

Mererid Hopwood
Mererid Hopwood
Artist
Mererid Hopwood
Mererid Hopwood

Artist

Mererid teaches in Yr Athrofa, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. She has won the Chair and Crown for poetry at the National Eisteddfod and the national Prose Medal. She has been Children Laureate for Wales and has won the Glyndwr prize for her contribution to literature in Wales. Her collection of poems ‘Nes Draw’ came first in the poetry section of the Welsh language Book of the Year awards in 2016. She has worked with musicians such as Karl Jenkins, Eric Jones and Gareth Glyn on compositions and greatly appreciates this opportunity to work with Mared Emlyn, Gwenan Gibard and Elinor Bennett.

Cai Fôn Davies
Cai Fôn Davies

Cai is 17 years of age and is currently completing his A levels at Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor. Cai has been performing folk songs since an early age and is grateful to Mair Carrington Roberts, Arfon Gwilym am Sioned Webb for promoting his interest. “I love performing folk songs as it enables me to ‘speak’ directly with an audience as well as an opportunity to express myself as a person”.

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