CD A0058: Carillon for Triple Harp

Carillon for Triple Harp by Angharad Evans

CD cover: Carillon for Triple HarpHarpist Angharad Evans' roots are firmly embedded in Welsh folk music, of which she is a superb executant. This recording offers a rare chance to hear traditional Welsh music performed on triple harp.

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Audio Samples

Carillon for Joanna (Variants on 'Immortal, Invisible')  
  Sain Clychau Joanna Ann Griffiths Adlais*
All through the Night   
  Ar hyd y Nos Arr. Edward Jones
The Bee of Gwent  
  Gwenynen Gwent Arr. John Parry, Bardd Alaw (1776-1851) Adlais*
  Llanofer Arr. John Parry, Bardd Alaw (1776-1851) Adlais*
The Maid of Sker  
  Y Ferch o’r Scêr Trad. Arr Angharad Evans Adlais*
The Welsh Ground  
  Cynghansail y Cymry Arr. Edward Jones, Bardd y Brenin
The Marsh at Rhuddlan  
  Morfa Rhuddlan Arr. John Parry Parri Ddall (1710-1782)
King David’s Melody  
  Cainc Dafydd Broffwyd Arr. Edward Jones, Bardd y Brenin (1752-1824)
On the seashore  
  Ar Lan y Môr Trad. Arr.Angharad Evans Adlais*
March of Meirioneth  
  Ymdaith Meirionydd Trad. Arr. Angharad Evans
Three Polkas  
  Tri Pholca Ll.. Alaw, Arr. Robin Huw Bowen [Teires]

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Adlais* Indicates that the sheet music is by Adlais Music Publishers, whose scores are available from our shopping site

CD Notes & Credits

Sleeve Notes

Angharad Evans and her triple harpWhilst academically trained, and a brilliant classical musician, harpist Angharad Evans' roots are firmly embedded in Welsh folk music, of which she is a superb executant.

Apart from the Celtic harp, the concert harp and the piano, all of which she plays well, Angharad made a speciality of the triple harp from a very early age.

It was as a twelve-year-old virtuoso on this difficult and special instrument that she stunned the audience at the Rhymney National Eisteddfod, winning first prize against the most experienced Welsh harpists. A triple harp had not been seen on the Eisteddfod stage for some seventy years, and Angharad created a sensation.

Whilst still at school, and a pupil of Sali Wyn lsiwvn, she won two further first prizes at the National Eisteddfod.

At Cardiff University, Angharad studied the harp with Ann Griffiths, graduating with a BMus(Hons) in 2000, and Master of Arts (performance studies) in 2001.

Whilst at University, she played not only virtuoso concertos, orchestral repertoire and chamber music on classical harp, but also the Mozart Concerto in an illuminating performance on an cighteenth-century harp.

Even more importantly, Angharad played the Handel Concerto on the original instrument, the triple harp, in two prestigious concerts, firstly with Peter Holman and secondly with the Welsh Sinfonia.

In her penultimate year at school. Angharad took time out with her triple harp to undertake a country-wide promotional tour with the well- known folk-singer Siwsann George and subsequently she has been invited as a soloist in the Folk festivals of the Arctic Circle and in 2004, in Lorient.

As a classical harpist on the concert harp, she has played in Spain, and on the Triple Harp, for various crowned heads, including the Crown Prince of Denmark, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

The two harps Angharad plays on this CD are both modern 'perpendicular' triple harps.

Hers is built by John Weston Thomas (1931 - 1992), and called 'Gwaun', being so named after the stream that ran close to his home, and the other is by Brian Blackmore.

A triple harp is so called because it has 3 rows of strings, the two outer rows of which are tuned diatonically in unison, whilst the inner row is tuned chromatically.

The most typical effect obtainable on this harp is that of 'bells', hence the title 'Carillon'.

Notes: Ann Grifliths


Thanks to:
Mam & Dad, Gran & Grampa, Gran & Grandad, Ann, the late Dr Lloyd Davies, Sali Wyn, Robin, Siwsann, Roger, Meinir, Angharad Lewis, James & Cardiff Music, Bryan Blackmore, Adlais & Pilgrim Harps.

Recorded at Shabbey Road Studios, Caerphilly, 2004


Album Information

Instruments: Welsh Triple Harp
Genre: Welsh
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0058
Label: Shabbey Road
Release date/Year: 2004
Origin: Wales

Artist Information and Contact Details

Angharad with her Triple Harp

Angharad with her Celtic Harp

Angharad with her Concert Harp Angharad Evans with (from left to right) Triple Harp, Celtic Harp & Concert Harp

Angharad was born in 1978 in Port Talbot, South Wales and began harp lessons at the age of eight. She later continued her musical training in Cardiff University where she studied the harp with Ann Griffiths. Here she was a recipient of the David Evans Memorial Award and the Richard Harris Memorial Scholarship. In 1999, Angharad was accepted onto the postgraduate MA Performance Studies course where she continued to have lessons from Ann Griffiths. She has recently recommenced her studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Alfred Cortot in Paris with Isabelle Perrin.

In 1990, at the age of 12, she won first prize at the National Eisteddfod playing the triple harp and it is believed that this was the first time in over 70 years that this ancient instrument had been heard in competition on the Eisteddfod stage. Angharad has since then won first prize at Eisteddfodau on two further occasions, once while playing the triple harp and once on the pedal harp. She has played extensively in solo recitals and worked with many orchestras, playing in venues throughout Europe such as the Purcell Room in London, the Holywell Room in Oxford, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Rovaniemi in Finland, Paris and San Lorenzo El Escorial in Spain. Among her many achievements Angharad has appeared on television on numerous occasions, participated in the Arctic Circle Folk Festival and twice performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

A versatile musician, Angharad regularly performs on the triple, celtic, pedal and single-action pedal harps and is passionately committed to embracing all genres. Angharad has over 10 years teaching experience, including giving workshops all over the country.

Most recently, Angharad has performed at Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival in France and the Côr i Gymru Grand Final. She is presently dividing her time between Paris and South Wales.

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