The Welsh harpist is joined by special guests for possibly the most relaxing album ever. Album of the Weekend, 13-14 July 2013.
Born in Ceredigion, Catrin Finch's passion for the harp was ignited when she was given a Celtic Harp as a present for her sixth birthday.
Life and Music
- The young Catrin showed a prodigious talent for Wales' most ancient of instruments and spent the best part of her school years under the tutorship of the country's leading harpists.
- By the time she was 10 years old she had joined the the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and she became the youngest member to play at a BBC Prom in London's Royal Albert Hall.
- In 2000, after a performance for Prince Charles at his 50th Birthday Party, she got a call from Buckingham Palace inviting her to become Royal Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales - a post which had not been filled for over 130 years.
- Together with Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, Catrin released her debut album 'Crossing the Stone' in 2003, an unusual mix of original compositions by Jenkins and arrangements of JS Bach, Pat Metheny and Steve Reich. It was in the Top 10 of the classical charts for several weeks.
Did you know?
Catrin retired from her royal post in July 2004, but not before taking her harp across the world for live performances and for her extensive community work including a country-wide schools' tour and a trip to Bosnia with Warchild to play for children affected by the war in the early 1990s.
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Full Works Concert, Thursday 24 July 2014, 8pm. A contemporary classic celebrates a nation’s musical heritage.
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