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.
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 & Maeve Gilchrist, Rhys Meirion, Siân James, Sian Wyn Gibson, Sioned Gwen Davies, Sioned Webb, Sioned Williams, Two Blonds and a Harp, Valeria Voshchennikova
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)