Tickets are now on sale for Bryn Terfel’s first performance at Pontio, Bangor. He will be performing with harpist Hannah Stone and past students from Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, finalists in the Urdd Bryn Terfel Scholarship, as part of the launch the Wales International Harp Festival IV.
The performance will be on the day that Festival President, Dr Osian Ellis CBE, celebrates his 90th birthday, Thursday, February 8, 2018.
Bryn and harpist Hannah will give the first performance of Osian Ellis’ Cycle of Welsh Folk Songs. Glain Dafydd (Harp) Gwyn Owen (Trumpet, Gwen Elin, (Soprano) and Jâms Coleman (Piano) will be the supporting artists.
Festival Director Elinor Bennett said, “I cannot imagine a more exciting way of launching the fourth Wales International Harp Festival than by welcoming Sir Bryn Terfel, Hannah Stone and four young emerging Welsh artists to perform at Theatr Bryn Terfel. There is a strong element of serendipity attached to the occasion as this is the exact day that the Festival President, the incomparable Osian Ellis CBE, will be 90! Osian Ellis dedicated his “Cycle of Welsh Folk Songs” to Bryn and Hannah, and this will be the highlight of a prestigious and unique occasion. I hope that the concert will inspire new audiences for the harp and encourage many people to come to the Festival which will be held in Galeri, Caernarfon on April 1 to 7, 2018.”
Bryn added, “How exciting, I am so pleased that we have finally found a date for this incredible concert at Pontio. I am very much looking forward to singing in the theatre for the very first time, in the concert to celebrate harpist Osian Ellis, one of Wales’s most iconic musicians.”
Mario Kreft MBE proprietor of Pendine Park, sponsors of the event said, “We are delighted to be sponsoring this wonderful concert, particularly as music and the arts generally are an important part of our enrichment programme to enrich lives across the generations for our residents and staff at Bryn Seiont Newydd in Caernarfon and our care homes in Wrexham. I am sure it is going to be a magical evening, which will provide the perfect platform to launch the Wales International Harp Festival. We are looking forward to working with the organisers of the festival. We consider ourselves lucky to have the opportunity to listen to a world superstar on his home ground in a theatre that will help provide a fitting legacy for his stellar talent.”
Elen ap Robert, artistic director at Pontio added, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the International Harp Festival to stage a concert which will see Bryn Terfel performing with us here in Pontio for the very first time, a historic occasion.”
Tickets for the concert will cost £40 each and will be available from 10am 10/10/17 from Pontio Box Office and online from www.pontio.co.uk. Individuals will be able to purchase a maximum of 4 tickets per person.
The Fourth WALES INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL will be held on April 1 – 7 2018, at Galeri, Caernarfon. The Wales International Harp Festival is held every four years, and in the intervening three years, two-day Wales Harp Festivals are held in Caernarfon to promote the harp and its music and develop audiences