Cardiff celebrates World Harp Congress handover3:56, 17th August 2017
The World Harp Congress 2017 included a handover ceremony which celebrated the event’s next host city.
Cardiff will host the 2020 World Harp Congress (WHC2020), which will be the first time the event has visited Europe in 12 years.
The event aims to promote harp music internationally, with concerts, workshops and seminars embracing all aspects of harp music and performance.
The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) will host the event. The artistic committee led by Catrin Finch, RWCMD fellow and artist-in-residence, and Caryl Thomas, head of harp at the College.
Finch said the festival would ‘celebrate the diversity of this wonderful instrument, bringing together different forms, traditions and musical styles from all corners of the globe, and welcoming to Wales the leading ambassadors of this most cherished of instruments’, adding: ‘It will be a journey of discovery and friends through music.’
The handover ceremony featured Royal Welsh College harp students, including Mari Kelly (pictured above), as well as new compositions by Catrin Finch and Jeff Howard.
With visitors expected from over 50 countries, the Congress will feature recitals, concerts, workshops and seminars embracing all aspects of harp music and performance.