ROYAL harpist Alis Huws, who performed at the King’s coronation last year, will be a star attraction at a music festival in North Wales.

Alis, from the Banw Valley, near Welshpool, will perform at the Wales Harp Festival at Galeri in Caernarfon on March 26 and 27.

This summer she will end her five-year tenure as royal harpist, coming away with a wealth of once-in-a-lifetime memories.


She said: “I’m really looking forward to performing at this year’s festival, especially as I’ve attended before as an audience member and competitor.

“I’m also looking forward to being a festival course tutor for the first time and meeting the next generation of young harpists.

“Growing up, opportunities like these proved so valuable, and I found great inspiration from learning from professional harpists of all disciplines, so I would encourage any young harpist to join us on March 27.”.

Alis, 28, who now lives in London, will perform at the festival, which will also spotlight jazz harpist and composer Amanda Whiting, and Colombian harpist Diego Laverde Rojas.

She added: “I’m excited to be joining the brilliant Amanda Whiting and Diego Laverde Rojas in the evening concert, where I will share some of my favourite works, alongside Amanda and Diego’s contrasting musical styles.”

Another tutor who will be passing on her expertise on the festival’s one-day course will be festival organiser, Catrin Morris Jones.

Catrin studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music, London.

She said: “Like Alis, I also remember attending the festival when I was a student. I learned so much during those masterclasses.

“I’d encourage any harpist of whatever level to take up this great opportunity. Come to the festival and enjoy all that it offers.”

Beginners or more advanced harpists can reserve their place on the one-day course via the festival website.

Tickets for the festival concert can be booked through Galeri Caernarfon’s website.