Renound harpist Elinor Bennett will be joining Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir in their performance at the 2016 music festival on Saturday 13th May.
Elinor Bennett is one of Wales’ most distinguished musicians, and has been at the forefront of music performance and education for many years. She has travelled extensively giving concerts, recitals and masterclasses, and she is regarded as one of Britain’s most inlfuential harp teachers.
Elinor became prominent in Wales from an early age by winning many prizes in the National Eisteddfodau.
Her first degree was in law at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, but her career changed course on winning a scholarship from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, to study at the Royal Academy of Music, London under Osian Ellis, where she was the first harpist ever to succeed in the Recital Diplomma.
Early in her career, Elinor played with all the major British orchestras, and worked with some of the world’s finest conductors and composers, including Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Malcolm Sargeant, Sir Colin Davies, Erich Leinsdorf, Andre Previn and Benjamin Britten.
Elinor gives concerts, recitals and masterclasses all over the world, regularly appears on radio and TV, and since the 1970s has made many recordings, ranging from an acclaimed and definitive selection of 20th Century harp classics , to collections of traditional music and Welsh folk songs on the Triple Harp.