An Introduction from Catrin Finch
Welcome to the World Harp Congress 2021, which is being held in the wonderful city of Cardiff.
Wales is the "Land of the Harp", and Cardiff, it's thriving and cosmopolitan capital city. Since I have lived here, it has been completely rejuvenated, and today regularly plays host to international cultural, political and sporting events. Cardiff and Harp Festivals are synonymous - having hosted two World Harp Festivals in the 1990s, the 7th European Harp Symposium in 2007 and the Lyon and Healy Awards in 2013.
Harps and harpists will take over Cardiff for the week. We have wonderful old and new venues in which we will hold world class concerts, exhibitions, and masterclasses, including the spectacular Wales Millennium Centre, St David’s Hall and the new Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama building, which will play host to the Congress.
There will be special exhibitions in some of our wonderful museums, a chance to hear different harps and musicians from every corner of the globe, and if you are a harpist, a chance for you to join in and be a part of this most memorable celebration.
I feel very privileged to be leading a wonderful, artistic team of internationally renowned harpists and colleagues, and together we will create a Congress to be remembered.
I look forward to welcoming you to Cardiff in August 2021!