Described as "The Queen of Harps", Catrin has delighted audiences with her performances in the UK and worldwide and has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Inspired to learn the harp at the age of five, her first major competition success came in 1999 winning the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France.
Catrin is the former Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
Catrin’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2009 and entered the UK Classical charts at number 1. In November 2012, a new CD featuring music by John Rutter and ‘Celtic Concerto’ by Catrin herself will be released on the on the DG label. Her versatility in different musical genres is demonstrated in her many recordings, which range from solo classical recitals and concertos, through to an eclectic cross-over mix and presentation of some of Wales’ most popular traditional melodies in an innovative and refreshing way using electric harps, state of the art technology and ground-breaking sound effects.
2012 highlights include performances in North Carolina, New York, Hong Kong and Australia, concertos with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the BBC NOW, premieres of two new harp concertos written for her, and a tour with Malian kora player, Toumani Diabaté.
Known for her work within the community and with the younger generation, Catrin is committed to promoting the harp and classical music in general to a new and wider audience.
Steffan’s concert and recital engagements have enabled him to travel extensively in Wales, England, Scotland, Japan, Holland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Austria. He is currently studying in Vienna with Professor Heinrich Schiff. 2012 highlights include performances of Haydn’s Cello Concerto with Sinfonia Cymru under Paul Watkins and a concert at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod where Steffan will appear as conductor and cello soloist. Steffan is one of the first recipients of a study award from Bryn Terfel.
John Owen Jones
John is an award winning and record-breaking West End and Broadway performer probably best known for his performances as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.
John is currently playing the role of The Phantom in theatres around the UK in Cameron Mackintosh’s brand new 25th Anniversary production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
Sinfonia Cymru is a leading chamber orchestra in Wales. The orchestra was formed in 1996 with a clear mission; to support young musicians at the start of their professional careers and to tour exceptional chamber orchestral music to areas of Wales in receipt of limited arts provision.
Over the past sixteen years, Sinfonia Cymru has remained entirely committed to harnessing the next generation of orchestral musicians by providing exceptional orchestral, ensemble, outreach and educational opportunities to the very best young musicians from Wales and beyond.