SECOND WALES INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL

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SECOND WALES INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL

4-10 April 2010

Honorary Presidents: OSIAN ELLIS, and ANN GRIFFITHS
Festival Director: ELINOR BENNETT

Principal Sponsor: CAMAC HARPS
in association with Vining Harps

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Guest Artists include
Deborah Henson-Conant (USA), Catrin Finch (Wales), Isabelle Perrin (France),
Mara Galassi (Italy), Constance Luzzati (France) winner of the 2006 competition

 

Caernarfon Harp Festival

18-19 April 2011

Festival Director: ELINOR BENNETT

The annual Harp Festival will take place again this year during the Easter break, and harpists of every age are warmly invited to participate in the activities at Galeri, Caernarfon.

The distinguished tutors will include Eira Lyn Jones (RNCM), Elinor Bennett, Gwenan Gibbard, Angharad Wyn Jones, Helen Davies-Mikkelborg and Gillian Green who will give individual and group tuition. Participants can book a free ticket for the two evening concerts.

The Guest artist will be ALAN STIVELL, the iconic Breton harpist, singer and the main architect of the sensational awakening of interest in the Celtic harp and Breton traditional music and dance in the 1970’s. We shall also celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of one of Wales’ folk heroes. Dafydd Owen, (David of the White Rock) is believed to have been born in 1711. Come to celebrate and learn with us!


John Parry
(1710 - 1782)
Tercentenary Celebration
at the Wales International Harp Festival 2010

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Programme for the week
(venue Galeri unless stated otherwise)

 
Saturday, April 3
Performances in shops and restaurants in Caernarfon

Sunday, April 4
10:00 onwards Competition Registration
16:00 Official Opening by Alun Ffred Jones A.M.
Minister for Culture, Sports and the Welsh Language, National Assembly for Wales

Ann Griffiths Festival President 
Introduction to John Parry and launch of her new collection of his music.

Studio 1: Camac harp Exhibition
Art Space: Open exhibition of art produced by Luned Rhys Parri and children from local schools.

19:00 John Parry¹s son, the painter William Parry (1743-1791)
Pre-concert talk by Miles Wyn Cato on William Parry who trained as portrait painter under Sir Joshua Reynolds.
20:00 Theatr, Galeri: Opening Concert

Opening Concert
Elinor Bennett, Rhodri Davies, Côr Plant Môn, Telynorion Ifanc o Wynedd.
The concert will start with music by John Parry, played by the Festival’s Artistic Director, Elinor Bennett, on a Triple harp made by John Parry’s contemporary, John Richard of Llanrwst, and will end with  an electrifying new composition for harp and electronic instruments by Rhodri Davies. The programme will also include music written for harp by John Thomas, William Mathias, John Metcalf, Rhian Samuel and other 20th century composers.


Easter Monday, April 5
10:00-17:00 Studio 2, Galeri: Stage 1  Junior Competition (Under 14)
13:00 Lunchtime recital: Gwynedd & Mon Harp Ensemble
14:00 Ensemble workshop for under 14 candidates
15:00 Performances by Angharad Wyn Jones and others of new compositions written during the Canolfan Gerdd William Mathiasworkshops, directed by Owain Llwyd.
19:30 Theatr, Galeri: Lecture - Recital
Festival Lecture - Recital
Sioned Williams (Wales) 
“John Parry, the blind harpist - his story in words and music”.
Followed by a recital by CONSTANCE LUZZATI 
Winner of Camac Grand Concert harp in 2006

Tuesday, April 6
09:00-17:00 Studio 2, Galeri: Stage 1 Youth Competition (Under 19)
11:00 Master Class: MILDA AGAZARIAN
13:00 Lunchtime concert: 
Telynau’r Gwanwyn CLAIRE LE FUR and ’Glissando‘
14:00 Theatr, Galeri: Final (Stage 2) Junior Competition (Under 14)
16:00 “The Italian Triple harp” MARA GALASSI • SP3 
19:30 Theatr, Galeri: Concert

Concert
Catrin Finch (Wales)  and Isabelle Perrin (France) 
A concert by two of the worlds’ leading harpists –  a treat not to be missed!

21:30 Foyer, Galeri: Group 1 Pop Harp Competition
(Performances by contestants in the Pop Harp competition)

Wednesday, April 7
10:00-17:00 Studio 2, Galeri: Stage 1A Chief Musician Competition (Under 30)
10:00 Workshop for adult harpists with VALERIE ALDRICH-SMITH
11:30 Master Class: CATRIN FINCH  
13:00 Lunchtime concert: 
Manon Llwyd (Harp & Song) with winners of Competition under 14
14:00-17:00 Theatr, Galeri: Final (Stage 2) Youth Competition (Under 19)
17:00-18:00 Harpathon
19:30 Theatr, Galeri: Concert

Concert
Mara Galassi (The Italian Triple Harp) and Robin Huw Bowen (Triple Harp of Wales) 

21:30 Foyer, Galeri: Group 2 Pop Harp Competition
(Performances by contestants in the Pop Harp competition)

Thursday, April 8
10:00-17:00 Studio 2, Galeri: Stage 1B Chief Musician Competition (Under 30)
11:00 Venue TBC: Stage 1 Triple and Other Non-Pedal Harps Competition
11:00 Workshop: Robin Huw Bowen (Triple Harp) 
13:00 Story and harp: ERIC MADDERN/GWENAN GIBBARD
15:00 Composition and improvisation with RHODRI DAVIES
19:30 Theatr, Galeri: Concert

Folk Concert
Folk Concert featuring Sian James, Y Glerorfa  (Wales’ folk orchestra) and other international harpists

21:30 Foyer, Galeri: 
Group 3 Pop Harp Competition & Announcement of Winner 
(Performances by contestants in the Pop Harp competition)

Friday, April 9
10:00-17:00 Studio 2, Galeri: Stage 2 Chief Musician Competition (Under 30)
11:00 Workshop: Welsh Folk Songs - Sian James
13:00 Lunchtime Concert:
Winners under 19 and students’ own compositions
14:00 Final Triple & Other Non-Pedal Harps Competition (St Mary's Church)
14:00 Hands on Harps for absolute beginners!
19:30 Theatr, Galeri: Concert

Concert 
Deborah Henson-Conant

By public demand following her memorable performance at the First Wales International Harp Festival in 2006, the  great jazz harpist, story teller and composer,  DEBORAH HENSON-CONANT returns to Wales from America to perform and take part in a very exciting educational and community project with young musicians in this country. Sponsored by Camac Harps, she will launch her new collection of music for educational use during the concert.


Saturday, April 10
09:00 Individual lessons: contact Festival Office
10:00-12:00 Master Class: GERMAINE LORENZINI • ST 2
11:00-13:00 Master Class: ISABELLE PERRIN • C3
12:00 Hands on Harps for beginners
13:00 Lunchtime concert: 
Deborah Henson-Conant will give a workshop for "Doniau Cudd" / "Hidden Talents," the very special music / community group that meets weekly at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias. There will also be performances by winners of the non pedal and triple harp competition.
14:00-16:00 Master Class: MILDA AGAZARIAN • ST 2
15:00-17:00 Master Class: IEUAN JONES • C3
16:00 Harpathon
19:30 Theatr, Galeri: Final Concert

Final Concert
Chief Musician Competition (Under 30) - Stage 3 Final  
First Prize : Grand Concert harp by Camac Harps . 
The concert will include performances by each finalist of Debussy’s “Danse Sacree et Danse Profane” with the MAVRON String Quartet, and performances by all other finalists.

 

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Competitions

 

1. CHIEF MUSICIAN 
Pedal Harps Only 

Under 30. Born on or after 1st January 1980


Stage 1   Studio 2, Galeri
Wednesday 7 April 2010 from 9.00am - 7.00pm and Thursday 8 April 2010 from 9.00am – 6.30pm
A balanced programme no longer than 20 minutes' duration: own choice, showing different styles and to include Sonata No. 4 by John Parry, from "Four Lessons for Harp or Harpsichord" (Published by Adlais).

Stage 2 Studio 2, Galeri, Friday 9 April 2010 from 10.00am - 05.00pm 
Not to include any works from Stage 1. A recital of 25-30 minutes including one work written since 1950 by a Welsh composer. 

Stage 3 (Final) Theatr, Galeri, Saturday 10 April 2010 from 7.30pm 
(a) Debussy: "Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane"
(b) Own choice solo work, no longer than 10 minutes duration

Entry form The last entry date for this competition has passed

CD Recording - see Rule (h) below 
There is no fixed number of first round places and the organisers will make time for all deserving candidates. The requested recording is not a form of pre-selection, but is part of a detailed application that is accepted as normal for competitions of this level.

Venue All stages to be held at - Galeri, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon

Prizes 
1st — Camac Grand Concert Harp and a recital at L'Espace Camac, Paris
2nd — £1,000 Telynau Vining Harps 
3rd — £750

LOAN HARPS 
Any make / model of pedal harp can be used for the Chief Musician Competition and the organisers will make every reasonable effort to make available whatever harp has been requested on the entry form. Camac will supply many harps which will be available for practice from Saturday 3 April 2010.

PRACTICE ROOMS
There are 7 rooms available in Galeri. Every competitor will be allocated practice and pre-event warm up time. A timetable will be available before the Festival.

THE JURY

  • Iwan Llewelyn-Jones
  • Milda Agazarian
  • Ieuan Jones
  • Germaine Lorenzini
  • Isabelle Perrin

THE RULES OF COMPETITIONS 
(a) All competitions are open to harpists of any nationality.
(b) There is no minimum “cut off” age for any of the competitions i.e. a competitor is free to enter any class provided he / she is under the required age as stated in this syllabus. 
(c) Harpists may compete in more than one category, but must pay £30 entry fee for any further competition(s).
(d) The decisions of the jury are final and binding, and cannot be challenged. The competition organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if the standard is not sufficiently high in the opinion of a majority of the members of the jury.
(e) Before the Festival commences, competitors’ names will be drawn by an independent panel to decide on the order of performance. This order will then be followed at every stage.
(f) Competitors may bring their own harps, or apply for the loan of an instrument. The organisers cannot guarantee to find the exact style and make of the harp requested, but every attempt will be made to satisfy the request, which must be specified on the application form.
(g) The deadline for receiving entries is January 20th 2010.
(h) CD, MP3, or cassette (for competitions 1 and 5): a recent recording  5 – 10 minutes duration of the competitor’s own choice. Note for Competition 1 There is no fixed number of first round places and the organisers will make time for all deserving candidates. The requested recording is not a form of pre-selection, but is part of a detailed application that is accepted as normal for competitions of this level.
(i) Competitions 1 and 2 : Sonata  No. 3/4 by John Parry : Repeats optional.

 

SUGGESTED PIECES OF MUSIC BY WELSH COMPOSERS 
FOR COMPETITION 1. CHIEF MUSICIAN

For Stage 2: A recital of 25–30 minutes including one work written since 1950 by a Welsh composer. The following is a list of possible harp solos and are suggestions only. It is not an exclusive list and any other work will be acceptable provided it was written since 1950 by a composer from Wales.

All the music is available from Telynau Vining Harps on 0044 (0) 2920 221199


2. YOUTH COMPETITION 
Pedal Harps Only 

Under 19. Born on or after 1st January 1991


Stage 1 Studio 2, Galeri, Tuesday 6 April 2010 from 10.00am - 5.00pm
A programme no longer than 15 minutes duration: own choice to include Sonata No. 3 by John Parry, from "Four Lessons for Harp or Harpsichord" (Published by Adlais).

Stage 2 (Final) Theatr, Galeri, Wednesday 7 April 2010 from 2.30pm 
One piece may be repeated from Stage 1. A balanced programme no longer than 25 minutes duration, including one work written since 1950 by a Welsh composer. 

Venue All stages to be held at - Galeri, Doc Victoria, Caernarfon

Prizes 
1st — £900 (Camac)
2nd — £600
3rd — £300

LOAN HARPS 
Any make / model of pedal harp can be used for the Youth Competition and the organisers will make every reasonable effort to make available whatever harp has been requested on the entry form. Camac will supply many harps which will be available for practice from Saturday 3 April 2010.

PRACTICE ROOMS
There are 7 rooms available in Galeri. Every competitor will be allocated practice and pre-event warm up time. A timetable will be available before the Festival.

THE JURY

  • Rhian Samuel
  • Valerie Aldrich-Smith
  • Ann Jones 

THE COMPETITORS 
A list will be posted here at end of January 2010

RULES OF COMPETITIONS 
(a) All competitions are open to harpists of any nationality.
(b) There is no minimum “cut off” age for any of the competitions i.e. a competitor is free to enter any class provided he / she is under the required age as stated in this syllabus. 
(c) Harpists may compete in more than one category, but must pay £30 entry fee for any further competition(s).
(d) The decisions of the jury are final and binding, and cannot be challenged. The competition organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if the standard is not sufficiently high in the opinion of a majority of the members of the jury.
(e) Before the Festival commences, competitors’ names will be drawn by an independent panel to decide on the order of performance. This order will then be followed at every stage.
(f) Competitors may bring their own harps, or apply for the loan of an instrument. The organisers cannot guarantee to find the exact style and make of the harp requested, but every attempt will be made to satisfy the request, which must be specified on the application form.
(g) The deadline for receiving entries is January 20th 2010.
(h) CD, MP3, or cassette (for competitions 1 and 5)  : a recent recording  5 – 10 minutes duration of the competitior’s own choice. Note for Competition 1 There is no fixed number of first round places and the organisers will make time for all deserving candidates. The requested recording is not a form of pre-selection, but is part of a detailed application that is accepted as normal for competitions of this level.
(i) Competitions 1 and 2 : Sonata  No. 3/4 by John Parry : Repeats optional.

SUGGESTED PIECES OF MUSIC BY WELSH COMPOSERS 
FOR COMPETITION 2. YOUTH COMPETITION

For Stage 2: A recital of 25 minutes including one work written since 1950 by a Welsh composer. The following is a list of possible harp solos and are suggestions only. It is not an exclusive list and any other work will be acceptable provided it was written since 1950 by a composer from Wales.

All the music is available from Telynau Vining Harps on 0044 (0) 2920 221199 or by following the link to their web shop www.rowlandsonline.co.uk/acatalog/WHF.html

 

 

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