On July 25, harpists will gather in Cardiff, Wales for the opening day of the 14th World Harp Congress. Billed as “an intensive but fun-filled week of recitals, concerts, lectures, masterclasses and workshops,” the festival’s aim is to celebrate “the versatility and ingenuity of the harp.” This year’s host committee is chaired by Caryl Thomas, with Catrin Finch as artistic director.
Performances on the first day include recitals by Emmanuel Ceysson and Sivan Magen, with an opening party showcasing Gwyneth Wentink and Remy van Kesteren. Over the next five days, attendees will have the opportunity to hear Maria Luisa Rayan and Marcela Mendez perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations, participate in a Latin American rhythms workshop with Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, and sample folk, Celtic, and jazz music from various experts. Concertos will be performed by Anneleen Lenaerts, Catrin Finch, Jana Boušková, Agnès Clément, and many others. The congress will close out on July 30 with a concert featuring Sir Bryn Terfel, Alexander Boldachev, and six royal harpists.
Learn more about the programming by visiting whc2020.wales/whatson.