Bryn Terfel marries harpist Hannah Stone in ‘magical’ ceremony in Wales

29 July 2019, 13:34 | Updated: 31 July 2019, 16:35

The Kiss: Bryn Terfel marries Hannah Stone
The Kiss: Bryn Terfel marries Hannah Stone. Picture: Cai Morgan

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

Sir Bryn wed the former royal harpist in a beautiful ceremony in Wales – and the photos were just stunning.

Welsh operatic bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel married Hannah Stone, the former official harpist of the Prince of Wales, on Friday.

The lovebirds were married at the Caersalem Newydd Baptist Church, in the bride’s home city of Swansea.

Sir Bryn said after the ceremony: “Today has been extremely special, marrying the love of my life in such a beautiful setting with all our nearest and dearest around us.

“With both of us being proud of our Welsh roots, myself a farmer’s boy from Pantglas and Hannah a Mumbles girl, there was no question for us on a Welsh location.”

Messages of congratulations have been popping up on Twitter all weekend, along with some gorgeous photos of the newlyweds.

The two official shots were taken by photographer Cai Morgan and posted on Twitter.

Bryn replied to her post: “Looking forward to seeing your hard work in a matter of weeks. A day to remember.”

Since making his operatic debut with the Welsh National Opera back in 1990, Sir Bryn has sung in the world’s most renowned opera houses, namely in the roles of Mozart’s Figaro and Don Giovanni.

Over the last few years, the bass-baritone has shifted his attention to heavier operatic roles, including Wagner, and musical theatre roles, such as Sweeney Todd.

Hannah Stone started playing the harp at eight years old. After training at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, she was appointed as the official harpist of the Prince of Wales, a position she held between 2011 and 2015.

The couple have one daughter together, who was born in 2017. Sir Bryn also has three sons from his previous marriage to Lesley Jones.

The wedding reception took place in Fairyhill, an exclusive wedding venue and Grade II listed mansion on the Gower.

Sir Bryn, who made a breakthrough recording with Luciano Pavarotti at Brangwyn Hall in 1990, stayed at Fairyhill while recording. He said he was surprised to be “drinking tea with none other than Luciano Pavarotti” in the hotel garden.

“To mingle on the very same terrace with my beautiful new wife by my side, on our wedding day, is simply magical,” he said.