Annest Davies, is an award-winning harpist from Mwnt, West Wales and is currently studying with the internationally renowned harpist and Professor of harp, Ieuan Jones, at the Royal College of Music, London.
A former pupil of Ysgol y Preseli, Annest began her musical journey at the age of 7 on the piano before progressing to learn the harp at the age of 10. A past pupil of former Royal Harpist, Claire Jones, Annest has performed at illustrious venues here in the UK and abroad, either as a member of the Claire Jones Harp Ensemble or as a soloist. At the beginning of 2022, Annest was part of ân Ensemble which recorded their first album at the world-famous Abbey Road studios.
Annest has been very successful in many Eisteddfods and competitions, including winning the London Camac Harp competition in 2021 and the Davison Young Musician Award 2021, where she had the privilege, after being presented with her prize by composer John Rutter, of performing at Ely Cathedral. In April 2022, Annest followed in the footsteps of many successful, and now professional musicians, by winning Dyfed Young Musician Award. She has performed many solo recitals including at St David’s Cathedral, Aberystwyth Music Festival, and the Fishguard Music Festival.
Gwenllian Hunting Morris
Gwenllian is in her second year reading Music at King’s College London. She has harp lessons at RAM with Professor Emerita Skaila Kanga. She also has a keen interest in choral conducting, directing the King’s College Chorus. Recently, she has recorded at Abbey Road Studios as part of the Claire Jones Harp Ensemble. Gwenllian enjoys accompanying and was thrilled to accompany her Dad in a St David’s Day concert this year at the Speaker’s House in the Houses of Parliament
Rhydian lives in Llandybie and attended Ysgol Bro Dinefwr in Llandeilo before going on to study A levels at Chethams School of Music in Manchester. He began tuition with Carmarthenshire Music Service at the age of 6 and also attended the Junior Conservatoire of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from the age of 13. Rhydian has won numerous prizes at Eisteddfods and was the 2019 Dyfed Young Musician. He became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of 14 (their youngest player at the time) and progressed to become Principal Trombone with that orchestra. In March 2020, Rhydian reached the Brass Category Final of BBC Young Musician, and he is now a first-year student at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He would like to pursue a career in performance and has his sights on furthering his studies abroad in the future.
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