Chamber Concert at the Bodnant Food Centre
On Sunday the 29th of January, a concert was held with harpist Elinor Bennett and cellist Nicki Pearce at the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre. Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias organised the concert which also saw performances from some of the music centre’s talented students.
The prominent harpist and cellist are both tutors at Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, a charity which provides one to one music tuition at its centres in Caernarfon and Denbigh, as well as a wide range of other music activities in the community.
Elinor Bennett was one of the founders of Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias and has been teaching the harp at the centre since the very beginning. Elinor is also the Director of the Wales Harp Festival which will be held by the Music Centre in Caernarfon on 12 and 13 of April this year.
She said: “It’s wonderful to see Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias expanding its provision through providing a concert in a new area, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to perform with Nicki Pearce in this wonderful concert.”
Performances were given by some of music centre’s string ensembles and the concerto for two cellos by Vivaldi performed by Nicki Pearce, James Scourse and the Senior Cello Ensemble were one of the concerts highlights.
Director of Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias, Meinir Llwyd Roberts said: “The string ensembles which are coached by Nicki Pearce, provide an excellent opportunity for young musicians to come together and enjoy performing as part of a group.
“A number of the members also come to us for one to one lessons and being a part of the ensembles is a great way of developing their musical skills.”
“We were very pleased to see a full audience for the concert and are very grateful for the artists for the feast of music.”