Harp Classics Elinor Bennett Starting in the Baroque period with the Concerto for harp by Handel, Elinor Bennett will play some of the most popular music of the harp repertoire from the classical and romantic periods, as well as more recent works from the 20th century. She will introduce the music in her warm, inimitable style, sharing her passion for the harp and its music. Composers include Handel, Rossetti, Spohr, Parish-Alvars, Glinka, John Thomas, Faure, Hindemith, Tournier and Mathias. ABOUT THE PERFORMER Distinguished harpist Elinor Bennett has been at the forefront of music performance and education for many years. She travels worldwide giving concerts, recitals and masterclasses, and is regarded as one of Britain’s most influential harp teachers. Elinor became prominent from an early age by winning many prizes in the National Eisteddfodau. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with great Osian Ellis and went on to perform with all the major British orchestras and some of the world’s finest conductors and composers. These have included Benjamin Britten, Sir Colin Davis, André Previn and more recently, Karl Jenkins and Paul Mealor are among the many leading composers who have written works for Elinor. Elinor was awarded a Churchill Scholarship to travel to Australia to study Music Therapy and on her return, was instrumental in promoting its use for people and children with intellectual disabilities. Elinor was the driving force in establishing the William Mathias Music Centre in Caernarfon. In 2006 she founded the Wales International Harp Festival, of which she continues to be Artistic Director. She appears as a performer and as a jury member in harp festivals and competitions internationally, most recently in Japan, New Zealand and Thailand, where she has been Artistic Director of the Harp Festival in Bangkok since 2008. She has been Visiting Professor of Harp in London at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Guildhall School of Music; Director of Harp Studies at Bangor University; and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Wales. Amongst her ex-pupils are distinguished harpists including Catrin Finch, Sioned Williams (Principal Harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra). She is Chair of the panel who select the Official Harpists to the Prince of Wales. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has made many recordings, ranging from a definitive selection of 20th Century harp classics to collections of Welsh traditional music on the Triple Harp. Elinor was awarded an OBE in 2006. With a repertoire that celebrates both the contemporary and the traditional in harp music, programmes can be tailored to suit the requirements of each promoter. These include solo recitals, talks about the harp, the story of the harp in Wales, Classical music programmes including the music from Wales, Welsh folk songs and Penillion singing. Harps include the German Concert Pedal harp (1984), Triple harp, Erard single action harp (1807), Erard Gothic harp(1904) and Celtic harp.