St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Lower Machen

6.00pm – Pre-concert discussion
: “Osian Ellis at 90”
Geraint Lewis chairs a session devoted to the ‘Doyen of Harpists’ featuring his friends and pupils.

This was a bilingual talk with free admission to all concert ticketholders.

7.30pm – Festival Concert


John Parry – Harp Sonata No.1 in D – 10′
Hindemith – Harp Sonata (1939) – 15′
Paul Patterson – BUGS: Mosquito Massacre – 5′
Parish-Alvars – Introduction, Cadenza and Rondo – 15′
Britten – Suite for Harp, Op.83 – 15′
Nino Rota – Sarabande e Toccata – 10′
Trad. arr. Finch – Welsh Folk-song – 5′
Astor Piazzola – Libertango – 10′
Godefroid – Carnaval de Venise – 12′

Anyone lucky enough to attend our sold-out launch concert featuring Elin Manahan Thomas and Catrin Finch will jump to book for the 2018 Festival opening concert!

Catrin is our “Artist-in-Focus” this year and we are both thrilled and proud to have been included in her schedule. Her bravery in March inspired us all and as she returns to us now the universally-acknowledged ‘Queen of Harps’ presents a dazzling programme showing off all aspects of the instrument’s colours and her unrivalled virtuosity.

Included specially is the ‘Suite’ which Benjamin Britten wrote “for Osian” in 1969 in tribute to the iconic Welsh harpist who celebrated his 90th birthday in February.


£10 for under 25s