Photo: John Liston

Poets: Grahame Davies & Aled Lewis Evans

Harp: Bethan Griffiths

Programme

Bethan Griffiths
John Thomas: Spring

Aled Lewis Evans
Dyffryn Ardudwy
‘Tyddyn Llidiart’

Gwenan Gibbard: Rhwng Pen y Cei a Phen yr Allt

Grahame Davies
Llangollen Eisteddfod
‘Every year they came’
Photos: Paul Spackman

Bethan Griffiths
William Mathias: Sun Dance

Aled Lewis Evans
Venice
‘Back Street Cafe – Pietro Panizzolo’

Aled Lewis Evans & Bethan Griffiths
‘Autumn in Barmouth’
Mared Emlyn: Perlau yn y glaw

Grahame Davies
Green Park, London
‘Darganfod’ / ‘Discovery’

Martyn Joseph: Whoever it was who brought me here will have to take me home

Aled Lewis Evans
Dyffryn Ogwen
‘When there’s snow in Dyffryn Ogwen’

Grahame Davies
Merthyr & Cardiff
‘Carn y Bugail’ & ‘Dim Byd’

Puccini: Che gelida manina from La Bohème - Gwyn Hughes Jones

Bethan Griffiths
Debussy: Little Shepherd

Aled Lewis Evans

Aled Lewis Evans has lived in Wrexham since 1971, and lived as a child in Barmouth, West Wales. He has published three books in English - Driftwood a volume of short stories, and a companion volume of poetry Someone else in the audience. Recently his novel Harvest Tide has been published. He was the winner of the Big Read Award given by Wrexham Libraries in 2010. He has won prizes on three occasions in the National Eisteddfod of Wales, the Crown in the Powys Eisteddfod on two occasions, and a prize at the Dublin International Poetry Competition. His 17 books in the Welsh Language were recognised also in 2019 with a presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award by Welsh Publishers.

One of his plays The Cafe was featured in Wrexham Festival, and he translated the international hit You Raise Me Up to Welsh, Dyrchefir fi. Aled featured recently in an Anthology of Welsh Poetry “The Old Red Tongue” published by Francis Bootle. His Welsh poetry collection Llinynnau was shortlisted for the Poetry prize in Wales Book of The Year 2017. Aled has featured as narrator for musical works by Brian Hughes and Paul Mealor at the North Wales International Music Festival at St Asaph Cathedral. In recent years he also presented a bilingual showcase of his literary work at Wrexham Carnival of Words “Retrospective”, and “Cameos”.

Aled worked for Marcher Sound local radio in the 80’s and 90’s and currently broadcasts a Sunday Service and Thought for the Day slots periodically on BBC Radio Cymru. Aled’s full time employment at present is as a Minister at Capel y Groes Ebeneser Wrexham and St John Street Chapel, Chester. He taught at Ysgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham, and during the last decade has lectured Welsh for Adults with Coleg Cambria in North East Wales. He has tutored at The National Writing Centre of Wales, Tŷ Newydd, run by Literature Wales on three occasions. Aled has judged literature in the Urdd National Eisteddfod and National Eisteddfod of Wales on several occasions. His poems are regularly featured on BBC radio and S4C television as recitation pieces at National Eisteddfodau. This has been a particular highlight for him with his writing. He was honoured to be a judge on the Welsh Panel for Book of the Year Wales in 2010; and was heavily involved with the National Eisteddfod in 2011 in Wrexham. Aled was the Writer in Residence for the Arts and Crafts Pavilion at the National Eisteddfod of Flintshire in 2007.Voluntary work includes arranging Owain Cyfeiliog Literary Society, Wrexham. He has also featured on S4C programmes such as Wrecsam ‘di Wrexham, Heno, Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol, and Straeon y Ffin. He has also been BBC Radio Cymru’s featured poet or ‘Bardd y Mis’.

Grahame Davies

Grahame Davies is a Welsh poet, author and lyricist, who has won numerous prizes, including the Wales Book of the Year Award. He is the author of 17 books in Welsh and English, including poetry, a novel, and pioneering works of historical and social criticism. A native of Coedpoeth near Wrexham, now based in Cardiff and London. He travels internationally as a reader and lecturer, carries out many high-profile poetry commissions, and is a much sought-after lyricist for classical composers. His poetry has been translated into many languages and is widely anthologised.

Bethan Griffiths

Bethan is an award winning harpist based in North Wales and London.  She gained a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal College of Music in 2017,studying with internationally renowned harpist Ieuan Jones.  She returned to the RCM for postgraduate studies as an Ashley Family Foundation Scholar and recently graduated with a Master of Performance with Distinction.  Upon completing her studies she was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Rose Bowl award.

Bethan’s musical training began aged 7 with piano lessons before beginning to play harp aged 10.  She later went on to achieve her ABRSM performance diplomas in both harp and piano and since then has performed in various venues across the UK, Europe and the USA both as a soloist and as part of a variety of ensembles.  Some of the highlights include performances for HRH The Prince of Wales and making her solo debut in the USA performing in Washington DC, Maryland and live on WCVE National Public Radio, Richmond. 

As a keen competitor in Eisteddfods, she has won many awards such as prizes at the Urdd Eisteddfod instrumental solo and 1st prize in the National Eisteddfod Harp Solo as well as being chosen as a finalist in the prestigious Blue Riband competition.  In 2016 Bethan was awarded the Nansi Richards Scholarship for harpists as well as the RCM Harp Prize.

Bethan has performed with many orchestras across the UK including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NEW Sinfonia and Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra.  This has given Bethan the opportunity to work with world renowned conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Edward Gardner and Rafael Payare.  She has performed in many of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, House of Commons, Cadogan Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester and Symphony Hall. During her studies Bethan was invited to take part in schemes with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera working alongside renowned harpists Sioned Williams, Louise Martin and Alison Martin.

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