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Phot of John Thomas

Pencerdd Gwalia Festival 2013

to remember the centenary of 
JOHN THOMAS  1826 - 1913
to celebrate and appreciate his inheritance, in a
 Festival and Competition in April 2013

Photograph of John ThomasJohn Thomas, Pencerdd Gwalia (lit. Chief Musician of Wales) was born in Bridgend on St David’s Day, March 1st 1826, to John and Catherine Thomas. His father was a tailor by trade, and a talented amateur musician. John, their eldest son became a professional harpist, was given the title of Chief Musician of Wales and became Harpist to Queen Victoria, and to her son Edward V1. John Thomas died in London on March 19th 1913.

One hundred years later, the “Pencerdd Gwalia Festival” will be organised by Coleg Telyn Cymru (The Harp College of Wales). Two competitions and a concert will be held to celebrate and appreciate his enormous contribution to the repertoire of the harp and share his inheritance.


April 13th 2013 - Final round in Bridgend, South Wales

Junior Competition - under 17 years of age

1. Mared Emyr Pugh-Evans
2. Molly-Rowan Sharples
3. Cassandra Tomella

Senior Competition - under 25 but with no lower age limit

1. Llywelyn Ifan Jones
2. Elfair Grug Dyer
3. Molly-Rowan Sharples

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Coleg Telyn Cymru is grateful for the support given by the Arts Council of Wales towards the John Thomas Festival Concert.