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Anwen Mai Harpist

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About Anwen

Award-winning Welsh harpist available for teaching and events across London and South Wales.
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Anwen grew up in Caerphilly, South Wales. At age nine she started learning the lever harp, progressing to the pedal harp, and realised how much she loved this beautiful and versatile instrument. It became Anwen’s ambition to pursue a career as a harpist and she was fortunate to gain a full entry scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London. Having recently completed a 4-year Bachelor of Music (Hons) degree in harp performance at RAM, Anwen graduated with a First-Class Honours degree and the LRAM Teaching Diploma. She was also awarded a Regency Award for outstanding contribution and is returning to study for a MA at RAM. Anwen’s successes as a soloist include winning the coveted ‘Rhuban Glas’ (Blue Ribbon) instrumental competition at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2016; 1st prize in the Youth Competition at the Wales International Harp Festival in 2018; and she won the Nansi Richards Scholarship in 2021. Anwen was honoured to be selected as one of 25 global young harpists to perform a recital at the World Harp Congress 2020 in the Focus on Youth programme. Sadly, this was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so a recording was released during the virtual Congress in 2021. Anwen has performed at a range of events including at the Mansion House (London), St David’s Hall (Cardiff), the Millennium Centre and Norwegian Church (Cardiff Bay). She is fortunate to participate regularly in masterclasses with world-renowned harpists such as Isabelle Moretti, Isabelle Perrin, and Catrin Finch. As well as solo performance, Anwen is also a member of orchestras and ensembles. She has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales on 3 concert tours under the batons of Carlo Rizzi and Andrew Litton. Anwen has worked with renowned conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Ryan Wigglesworth and John Wilson in the Academy Symphony Orchestra, and Trevor Pinnock in the Academy Chamber Orchestra. Anwen’s ensemble work includes performances as flute/harp duo, violin/harp duo, flute/cello/harp trio, voice/harp and harp duet. She won the open instrumental duet competition at the televised 2018 National Eisteddfod with a fellow RAM harpist. Inspired over many years, Anwen is grateful to her teachers: Rachael Howard, Kathryn Ann Rees, Karen Vaughan and Skaila Kanga. She appreciates generous support from sponsors at RAM including the Rainer & Doreen Burchett Charitable Trust, as well as Help Musicians UK and the Chepstow Lions.

Anwen's Reviews

From customers:

3 years ago

Myself and my husband David can not thank Anwen enough for making the most emotional part of the day that extra bit special. She took our requests and learnt new music just for us to have what we wanted. Everyone at our wedding commented on how much they enjoyed her music. We highly recommend this wonderful woman for any event or Wedding. Thank you very much Anwen!

Private L
4 years ago

It was a lovely performance and so many people made a point of specifically saying how much they enjoyed your playing. No hesitation in recommending  you. Thanks so much.

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Anwen's Song list

Anwen performs a variety of genres of music, including classical, traditional, modern and pop. Below are examples of popular repertoire requests for events:
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Glasgow Love Theme (from Love Actually) – Craig Armstrong
Llety’r Bugail – Trad
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring – J. S. Bach
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Flower Duet from ‘Lakme’ – Delibes
Morning from ‘Peer Gynt’ – Grieg
Trumpet Tune – Purcell
Ar Lan y Môr – Trad
Myfanwy – Trad
Marry You – Bruno Mars
Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
Passaggio – Einaudi
Wyres Megan – Trad
How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
1st Gymnopedie – Satie
Music from ‘The Sound of Music’
Music from ‘The King and I’
Music from ‘Les Miserables’
Music from ‘La La Land’
Love Theme from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ – Nino Rota
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
Concerning Hobbits – Howard Shore
Secrets – One Republic
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Please contact for the full repertoire list and to discuss your preferences and requests.
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Christmas, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Baroque
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Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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