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John Thomas

Jury - Preliminary Rounds

Adjudicator Katherine Thomas

Jury - Final Contest

Adjudicators of the Final Round: Catrin Finch and Katherine Thomas


Katherine ThomasKatherine Thomas : is a harpist who has performed with artists as Bryn Terfel, Rolando Villazon, Katherine Jenkins and the Manic Street Preachers. She has toured extensively as a soloist and with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera with whom she is Associate Principal Harp. Playing both the pedal and triple harps, Katherine is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music & Drama (where she studied with David Watrkins). She is now an active teacher - teaching at the junior department of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and at Christ College, Brecon.


Catrin FinchCatrin Finch :  Described as “The Queen of Harps”, Catrin has delighted audiences with her performances worldwide and has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Inspired to learn the harp at the age of five, her first major competition success came in 1999 winning the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France. Catrin is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales. Catrin’s most recent CD ‘Blessing’ reached number 1 in the UK Classical Charts as did her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Keen to push the boundaries of the harp, Catrin is committed to promoting the harp and classical music in general to a new and wider audience.

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