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