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Harps past, present and future in harmony for Festival launch

31st October 2013

The third Wales International Harp Festival, which takes place next year in Caernarfon (20-26 April 2014), has been officially launched by Lord Mostyn. As part of the launch, at Mostyn Hall near Flint, a silver harp, presented in 1523 as a prize in the First Eisteddfod in Caerwys, took pride of place. The event also saw Lord Mostyn give a presentation on his family’s historical connections with the harp and poets of Wales with Wyn Thomas from Bangor University. There was also a concert by Elinor Bennett and a number of talented young harpists.Lord Mostyn holding the Caerwys Silver Harp, which dates from 1523

Organised by Canolfan Gerdd Mathias, the Festival, which is held in Galeri, Caernarfon, has gone from strength to strength, attracting hundreds of harpists and lovers of the ancient musical instrument from across Wales and the

Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias was invited by the Community Foundation Wales to launch the Festival at the historic Hall to acknowledge the long tradition of support given by the Mostyn family to the arts in Wales over centuries. This was the first event of Philanthropy Week Wales, which also features the Mostyn Garden Project – a project dedicated to helping young people with disabilities learn gardening skills. Philanthropy Week Wales sees activities across the country promoting, celebrating and exploring philanthropy, and is organised by the Community Foundation in Wales. world.

Elinor Bennett, Artistic Director of the Wales International Harp Festival lll said, 
“The launch night was a fantastic success and a great springboard for the 2014 Festival. Thanks to Lord Mostyn for his generosity in hosting the event. The presence of the 1523 harp was a thrill and an inspiration for everybody. It serves to highlight the centuries old harp playing tradition we have in Wales which is now rightly recognized the world over and celebrated as part of the Festival.”