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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