1 - 7 April 2018

The Fourth Wales International Harp Festival took place on April 1- 7, 2018 at Galeri, Caernarfon and celebrated the 90th birthday of the legendary harpist, Dr. Osian Ellis CBE, and the enormous contribution that he made to music-making over a period of 70 years.

Concerts, competitions, master-classes, lectures, fun classes for absolute beginners, harp exhibitions and much more was held as part of the festival.

Harpists from all over the world came to Caernarfon to join in the celebrations, and make friends through music.

Artists in 2018

  • Anne Denholm
  • Arfon Gwilym
  • Ben Creighton-Griffiths
  • Blánaid Murphy
  • Cai Fôn Davies
  • Calan
  • Côr Palestrina
  • Dylan Cernyw
  • Dynamic Harps
  • Elinor Bennett
  • Ensemble Cymru
  • Ensemble Telyn DIT
  • Geraint Lewis
  • Glain Dafydd
  • Glian Llwyd
  • Gwenan Gibbard
  • Gwyn Owen
  • Huw Llywelyn
  • Isabelle Moretti
  • Mared Emlyn
  • Mererid Hopwood
  • Nic Gareiss a Maeve Gilchrist
  • Rhys Meirion
  • Siân James
  • Sian Wyn Gibson
  • Sioned Gwen Davies
  • Sioned Webb
  • Sioned Williams
  • Two Blonds and a Harp
  • Valeria Voshchennikova


Competition Results

Here are the results of the Wales International Harp Festival 2018 competitions:

Chief Musician Competition

1st: Evgeniia Marchenko (Russian Federation)
2nd: Veronika Lemishenko (Ukraine)
3rd: Manon Browning (Wales)

Youth Competition

Winners of the three scholarships of £1500: Mared Emyr Pugh-Evans (Wales), Anwen Mai Thomas (Wales) & Evelien Vaneysendeyk (Belgium)

Junior Competition

Winners of the three scholarships of £500: Silvia Capé (Italy), Dasha Rumiantseva (Russia), & Audrey Zhang (USA).

World Music Competition

1st: Joshua Doughty (England)
2nd: Nora-Elisa Kahl & Patrick Huss (Germany)
3rd: Calum Macleod (Scotland)

Harp Duo Competition

1st: Liliana Safikhanova & Anna Aleshina (Russia)
2nd: Aaron Ma & Shimeng Sun (China)

Members of the Jury

  • Ann Jones
  • Carol McClure
  • Clíona Doris
  • Denise Kelly
  • Elinor Bennett
  • Judith Utley
  • Karen Vaughan
  • Meinir Heulyn
  • Milda Agazarian
  • Nick Capaldi
  • Paul Dooley
  • Rhian Samuel
  • Rhiannon Mathias
  • Sioned Williams
  • Stephen Rees

Thanks to our Sponsors in 2018

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

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias provides valuable opportunities for students of music at its centres in Caernarfon, Denbigh and Ruthin and through its community events throughout Wales.

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