Bethan Nia playing her harp strings

💜 I played for a special drinks reception at Hensol Castle for Fraser Hart’s latest collection.  A very smart event on a winter’s evening.  I got caught in the rain and strong winds while loading in my equipment and harp and ended up looking a bit windswept and wet!! Thank goodness for extra make up and hair clips! Everyone at the event were very helpful and friendly which helped! https://www.fraserhart.co.uk/

Bethan Nia playing her harp strings

I had a wonderful time away playing for Gareth and Vera’s wedding at an Iraqi orthodox Church and then the Drinks Reception at Horsley Towers in Guildford.  So lovely to be able to experience the Iraqi culture and add some Welsh songs into the mix.  I played and sung Ar Lan Y Mor for the bride’s entrance and Calon Lan for the exit.

Bethan Nia playing her harp strings

I held a harp workshop a the Eisteddfod in the Ty Gwerin (Folk House) tent.  Lots of children turned up to have a go on one of my little harps.  They all had a go at learning a Welsh tune ‘Mi Welais Jac y Do’ or ‘Seren Fechan’ (Twinkle Twinkle little star).   We all enjoyed and I was fortunate to be able to borrow a couple of extra harps from my friend Meurig Williams as there were so many children who wanted to have a go! Here I am with my daughter Gweni at the workshop.

 

 

 

Bethan Nia playing her harp strings

I have just finished a fantastic project with Pontypridd based Community Arts organisation, Artis Community creating a new piece of harp music with residents of The Hollies Care Home, Cilfynnydd. It’s been a fantastic project and experience. We’ve had a lot of fun and a lovely piece of music called ‘memories of water’ was created, that inter-weaves the residents voices speaking about past holidays to the accompaniment of harps and percussion. The whole piece was recorded live at the care home.

Bethan Nia playing her harp strings

Played for a lovely wedding at De Courceys Manor. I played and sang a traditional Welsh song for the signing of the register called Cariad Cyntaf (First Love).

I was sent some lovely feedback by the bride

“Thank you so much for your time with us, you were amazing and everyone loved the music. Your voice was phenomenal!” – Samantha Courtney