Bethan Nia Harpist Singer
Telephone: 07890 676799
Bethan studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and worked extensively as an actress in theatre and Welsh language television before deciding to pursue a career as a full time harpist and singer.
“I’m a big fan of Bethan Nia. She brings a delightful freshness to every performance, with a superb mixture of traditional and contemporary material. Her harp–playing perfectly matching a gorgeous voice. Guaranteed to charm any audience.” - Frank Hennessy, BBC Radio Wales.
In 2008 Bethan won the coveted Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections. She is the only Welsh musician to have won the award. She has since performed at many festivals including the opening ceremony of Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival, Brittany and Llangollen International Eisteddfod where she performed to an audience of thousands.
After a chance meeting on a train with Michael Eavis, Glastonbury Festival organiser, Bethan was asked to play at the opening of Pilton Village Hall and impressed Mr Eavis enough to be booked two years running at Glastonbury Festival.
Concerts include performances with Heather Jones and Frank Hennessy and support for Julie Fowlis, Malinky, Marie Ni Chathasaigh, Ffynnon and Bella Hardy. Collaborations include Stacey Blythe, Helina Rees and Gillian Stevens. Bethan's music has been played on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and S4C. She has recently played harp with acclaimed Welsh band 9bach and is currently working on material for her forthcoming album.
The beautiful sound of the Celtic harp can add a touch of magic to your wedding day. A favourite song played during the signing of the register can make the ceremony extra special and personal to you both. The ambient and soothing strings are an excellent accompaniment to the drinks reception or wedding breakfast.
Bethan is an experienced wedding harpist and her repertoire contains a wide variety of music - traditional, classical and popular.
If you live within driving distance of Pontypridd, Bethan offers a one-hour, no obligation consultation. This is an opportunity for you to meet Bethan, hear her play the harp and discuss your musical ideas and requirements.
If you are interested please contact Bethan to arrange a suitable date.
Please e-mail details of the wedding to firstname.lastname@example.org stating whether you are interested in prices for the ceremony, drinks reception or wedding breakfast (or a combination of all three).
Contact: Ruth Elen Hicks
Based in Bridgend
Welsh harpist Ruth Elen Hicks is a talented background musician who has been playing the harp since 1990. She has competed and won several national competitions including first prize in the Urdd Eisteddfod as part of the harp ensemble, ‘Glissandi’. During her time as a member of ‘Glissandi’, Ruth also played in Dresden, Germany by invitation.
Additionally, Ruth was appointed the harpist in residence at the Great House Hotel, Laleston (Bridgend), providing background. Ruth enjoys and is experienced in providing music for weddings (Religious ceremonies, civil ceremonies & civil partnerships), receptions and dinners with a repertoire ranging from the classics to the contemporary.
Angharad Evans - Harpist
Website: aevansharpists.co.uk (website was down with a note saying it was being 'rebuilt' when I checked it on 07/04/2013 - it was still down when rechecked on 08/05/2014)
Address: 89 Dinas Baglan Road, Port Talbot, SA12 8AF
Phone: 01639 884 705 Mobile 07811 176 411
Angharad began studying the harp at the age of eight with Sali Wyn Islwyn and later continued her musical training in Cardiff University where she studied the harp with Ann Griffiths. After completing her BMus (Hons) and her Master's postgraduate degree in Performance Studies she studied for a year with Isabelle Perrin at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Alfred Cortot in Paris.
In 1990, at 12 years old, the youngest age eligible to enter the competition, she won first prize at the National Eisteddfod playing the triple harp.
It's believed that this was the first time in over 70 years that this difficult and ancient instrument had been heard on the Eisteddfod stage and Angharad created a sensation. She has since won many other prizes and been given numerous awards, including two further first prizes at the Eisteddfod, the David Evans Memorial Prize, the Concerto Prize in the North London Festival and the United Kingdom Harp Association's award for promising young harpists.
Angharad has also participated in masterclasses with Isabelle Moretti, Elisabeth Fontan-Binoche, David Watkins, Osian Ellis, Aileen MacArdle, Daphne Boden, Kathleen McBride, Fabrice Pierre, Ieuan Jones and Robin Huw Bowen.
Her performances have been heard throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Angharad is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Her playing has inspired several composers around the world to write music for her.
The beautiful sound of the harp is the perfect way to add the finishing touch to your special occasion. Angharad has many years' experience of playing at weddings and functions. She can tailor her repertoire to suit the occasion.
Below is just a sample list - the full list would be much too long! If there is something you'd like that doesn't appear on this list, please let Angharad know and she will do her best to accommodate your request.
Marches & Signing - Religious Music - Classical Music - Welsh Melodies
Popular & Easy Listening Music
Marches & Signing
Traditional weddings march in (Here Comes the Bride) Wagner
Traditional weddings march out Mendelssohn
Trumpet Tune Purcell
Trumpet Voluntary Clarke
Canon in D Pachelbel
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Handel
Harp Concerto (1st movement) Handel
Air from 'Water Music' Handel
Moonlight Sonata Beethoven
Concerto No.21 (2nd movement) Mozart
Romeo and Juliet Tchaikovsky
Softly Awakes My Heart (Samson and Delilah) Saint-Saens
Pearl Fishers' Duet Bizet
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves Verdi
Oh my Beloved Father Puccini
Una Furtiva Lagrima Donizetti
Where'er You Walk Handel
Musetta's Waltz Song Puccini
Love Unspoken Lehar
Oh Star of Eve Wagner
Hen Wlad fy Nhadau / Land of My Fathers
Dafydd y Garreg Wen / David of the White Rock
Ar Hyd y Nos / All Through the Night
Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn / Watching the Night
Men of Harlech / Rhyfelgyrch Gwyr Harlech
Ffarwel y Telynor
Beth yw'r Haf i mi?
Gwenni Aeth i Ffair Pwllheli
Pant Corlan yr Wyn
Dau Gi Bach
Marwnad yr Ehedydd
Hen Fenyw Fach Cidweli
Rhyfelgrwch Capten Morgan
Tros y Garreg
Y Ferch o Blwy Penderyn
Y Deryn Pur
Si Hei Lwli
My Little Welsh Home
Codiad yr Ehedydd
Y Ferch o Sger
Y Bardd yn ei Awen
Popular & Easy Listening
My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)
Unchained Melody (Ghost)
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Theme from Love Story
Everything I Do, I Do It For You (Robin Hood)
You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings
Love Theme (The Godfather)
Basin Street Blues
You Raise Me Up
Can't Help Falling In Love
When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever
A selection from Lloyd Webber Shows including;
Jesus Christ Superstar
Phantom of the Opera
A selection of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals including;
Oh What a Beautiful Morning
Some Enchanted Evening
Plus 76 Disney Tunes from the 1930s to present day
Specifically for clients of Craig y Nos Castle, Angharad is offering a 10% discount.
A recent returnee from London writes:
From: Rebecca McGrath [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 05 January 2012 12:56
I hope that you are well.
Please forgive me for emailing you out of the blue, but I have recently moved back to Wales, and was a Professional Harpist in London.
Many years ago, I used to work at Craig Y Nos, for Noson Lawen's and weddings, and wondered if it would be at all possible to be on your list of preferred suppliers for musicians for weddings?
I look forward to hearing from you
With all good wishes and kind regards