Royal Northern College of Music harp masterclass at Rydal Penrhos
19th February 2016

Talented musicians from the region descended on a Colwyn Bay school for a special harp masterclass.

Eira Lynn Jones, head of harp studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, shared her expertise with 35 budding harpists at Rydal Penrhos on Sunday, February 7.

During the event, Ms Jones, together with school harp tutor Helen Wyn Pari, went through a number of strategies including developing technical abilities and expressive skills.

Ms Wyn Pari, said: "It was a spectacular scene to see 35 young harpists having a great time exploring the instrument with the internationally acclaimed Eira Lynn Jones.

“Assistance was supplied by one of her final year Undergraduate student Sophie Rocks, and it proved to be a very informative occasion."

The Alawtastig local harp ensemble performed an impressive lunchtime concert, before masterclass pupils performed their very own recital in-front of friends, family and members of the public in the school’s Memorial Hall to finish off the day.

Born in Wales, Ms Jones graduated from the RNCM having won numerous prizes, including a Welsh Arts Council Award and a Guinness Foundation Scholarship.

She gained a Masters Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, and has performed at events including the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Head of Music John Wright, added: “It was a fantastic day and I would like to thank both Eira and Helen for their efforts in organising such a successful event.

“It was great to see so many pupils and non-pupils of Rydal Penrhos taking advantage of having such an experienced and well-respected harpist at the school, and hopefully the skills they have learnt here will stand them in good stead in the future.”

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