CD: Hiraeth (Longing)

Eleri Darkins

CD Cover: HiraethA brilliant debut CD with a wonderful mix of Classical and Welsh music repertoire for the harp, includes Le Soir and Ffarwel y Telynor both composed by John Thomas.

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Track Listing

Ar Ben Waun Tredegar (On Tredegar Heath) - Trad. arr. Meinir Heulyn
Sonata in C minor - GB Pescetti  
  Allegro vigoroso
  Andantino espressivo
Clychau Aberdyfi (The Bells of Aberdovey) - Trad. arr. John Thomas
Sonata in Eb Op. 7 No. 4 - J.B. Cardon  
  Adagio fieramente
  Rondo allegro
Hiraeth (Longing) - Grace Williams
Chanson de Mai - Alphonse Hasselmans
Y Ferch o Blwy' Penderyn (the Maid of Penderyn) - Trad. arr. Meinir Heulyn
Around the Clock Pearl Chertok
  Ten past two  
  Beige Nocturne  
  Harpicide at Midnight  
  The Morning After  
Le Soir - John Thomas
Sarabanda e Toccata - Nino Rota
5:24 / 2:40
Am Springbrunnen (La Source) - Alfred Zabel
Ffarwel y Telynor (The Minstrel's Adieu to His Native Land) - John Thomas
Total playing time  69:20

CD Notes & Credits

Sleeve Notes

Eleri Darkins was born in Tredegar, South Wales and began playing the harp when she was nine with Alwena Roberts and Meinir Heulyn. Eleri graduated in 1996 with First Class Honours in Music from University of Wales, Bangor, where she studied under Elinor Bennett, and won the Eric Morris Memorial Prize for the best final year recital. While studying at Bangor she gained her ARCM and was chosen as a concerto soloist, performing Mathias' Harp Concerto. In 1997, she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Performance at Trinity College of Music, London, studying with Sioned Williams. She has won numerous prizes at National Eisteddfodau, and the Nansi Richards Scholarship, Alwena Roberts Memorial Scholarship and John Weston Thomas memorial Prize.

Whilst a student, she was a member of the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and Wales. Recently, Eleri has performed with the English Symphony Orchestra under William Boughton, and the BBC, National Orchestra of Wales under Richard Hickox.

She formed the 'Celtica Duo' with oboist Gwenllian Davies and they take music into the wider community as part of 'Live Music Now!' scheme. They perform to varied audiences in hospitals, special ,schools, day centres for the elderly and adult learning centres. The duo have given recitals at the Ripon International Festival, Ryedale Festival, Fishguard Festival and the Vale of Glamorgan Festival.

Eleri also plays the Triple Harp, promoting traditional Welsh folk music. She has appeared on television in Wales, and performed at the opening of the National Assembly in Cardiff, in 1999. She has played in Germany, France, Greece, Ireland and U.S.A. She is moving to Bangkok to perform and teach at a newly established harp school. This exciting venture is due in no small part to the help and encouragement she has received from her family, friends and her teachers. She thanks them all sincerely.


Recorded in the Church of St. Teilo, Llantilio, Crosseny, September 2002
Digital Recording and editing by Paul Arden-Taylor -
Cover photograph by Brian Tarr - Artwork layout by Paul Medley
Photography (tray & back page) by Paul Medley

Album Information

Instruments: Harp
Genre: Classical / Traditional Welsh
Format: CD
Our Ref: A0004
Label: Dinmore Records
Year: 2002
Origin: UK