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Bethan Semmens

Harp

Professional Orchestral (Freelance since 2013)

  • Welsh National Opera
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia
  • Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • English Symphony Orchestra
  • British Sinfonietta
  • Southbank Sinfonia
  • Sinfonia Cymru
  • Novello Orchestra
  • London Serenata Orchestra
  • Women of the World Orchestra
  • Orion Orchestra
  • Worthing Symphony Orchestra
  • London Gala Orchestra
  • Bath Philharmonia 

Solo

  • Debussy Danse Sacrée et Profane at Llandaf Cathedral & Stafford, 2015 & 2016
  • Harpist in the band of Katherine Jenkins’ Christmas television programme, 2016
  • Solo appearance at National Brain Appeal carol concert, 2015
  • Solo appearance at the Houses of Parliament (Plaid Cymru) 2014 & 2015
  • Solo harpist for dance production of ‘ Blood on the Snow’, 2014 (No Fit State Circus, Cardiff)
  • Soloist for Creative Wales project with composer Helen Woods, 2014
  • Soloist at St John’s, Waterloo, 2012
  • Soloist at National Portrait Gallery, 2012
  • Solo appearance with Wimbledon Choral Society and Cardiff Polyphonic Choir, 2010 & 2012 Britten, Ceremony of Carols Cecilia McDowall, Fancy of Folksongs
  • Soloist at the opening of the new parliament, WMC 2011
  • Soloist working for the music project since 2014. Residency at 3 care homes in London Individual home visits Music classes for babies/toddlers and parents Visiting local school to play in productions & workshops
  • Live Music Now musician since 2008:
  • Recital at WMC during celebrations of Britten’s centenary year (Gregynog Music Festival) Solo appearance at Fishguard International Music Festival Duo appearance at Live Music Now Gala Concert (Dora Stoutzker Hall) Duo appearance at the ‘Arts for Life’ conference for Arts Development UK Duo appearance at Gregynog Festival Solo and duo appearance at St David’s Cathedral Festival Tour of concerts in care homes as part of the North Wales International Music Festival Recitals at Wales Millennium Centre & Newport Riverfront Centre Concerts in care homes (Wales, England, Austria & Germany) Soloist at international delegates reception Duo performance for Yehudi Menuhin centenary celebration Soloist at Music Education Expo Soloist for tour of SEN schools in Tyne and Wear
  • Music in Hospitals musician since 2011:
    Duo performance at Health Board Voluntary Service event, Cardiff Concerts in care homes (Wales & England)
  • Cerdd-dant accompanist in south Wales since 2010

Chamber Music

  • Member of Trio Aeolian since 2016
  • Member of flute and harp duo since 2014 - Recital at the Northern Aldeburgh Festival 2015
  • Member of cello and harp duo since 2011. Duo on Live Music Now scheme since 2014 
  • Member of London Chamber Ensemble, 2011-2013              
  • Member of soprano and harp duo since 2008. Duo on Live Music Now scheme since 2008

Teaching & Workshops
  • Live Music Now mentor for new musicians since 2018
  • Various school workshops across England and Wales as part of Live Music Now scheme, 2008 - 2018
  • Private teaching studio in Penarth since 2017
  • Private teaching studio in London, (piano, harp & theory) 2011-2017
  • School workshops with Catrin Finch as part of Sinfonia Cymru’s outreach scheme, 2010
  • Assistant teacher on Coleg Telyn Cymru course with Meinir Heulyn, Elinor Bennett and Gillian Green, 2008

Courses
  • Erasmus student at Mozarteum, Salzburg, October – December 2012
  • IBACUS International Harp Course, 2011 & 2012
  • Charterhouse International Chamber Music Festival, 2010
  • Training and workshops for different aspects of work with Live Music Now
  • National Youth Orchestra of Wales, 2008, 2009
  • National Youth Choir of Wales, 2007, 2008, 2009

Awards:

  • Richard Carne Charitable Trust Award, 2011 & 2012
  • Daniel Emlyn Davies Award, 2011
  •  Arts Council of Wales Award, 2011

Qualifications

  • Masters in Performance, (Distinction) Royal College of Music, London, 2013
  • Bachelor of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, 2011
  • ABRSM Teaching Diploma, 2009
  • LRSM Performance Diploma, 2008

Professors: Stephen Fitzpatrick, Ieuan Jones, Caryl Thomas

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Instruments
Harp