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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Audio Samples

Track Listing

Ar Ben Waun Tredegar (On Tredegar Heath) - Trad. arr. Meinir Heulyn
1:17
Sonata in C minor - GB Pescetti  
  Allegro vigoroso
3:19
  Andantino espressivo
4:39
  Presto
1:24
Clychau Aberdyfi (The Bells of Aberdovey) - Trad. arr. John Thomas
3:42
Sonata in Eb Op. 7 No. 4 - J.B. Cardon  
  Allegro
4:21
  Adagio fieramente
3:22
  Rondo allegro
2:48
Hiraeth (Longing) - Grace Williams
2:43
Chanson de Mai - Alphonse Hasselmans
3:28
Y Ferch o Blwy' Penderyn (the Maid of Penderyn) - Trad. arr. Meinir Heulyn
2:00
Around the Clock Pearl Chertok
12:13
  Ten past two  
  Beige Nocturne  
  Harpicide at Midnight  
  The Morning After  
Le Soir - John Thomas
5:23
Sarabanda e Toccata - Nino Rota
5:24 / 2:40
Am Springbrunnen (La Source) - Alfred Zabel
5:46
Ffarwel y Telynor (The Minstrel's Adieu to His Native Land) - John Thomas
4:38
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.

 

Credits

Recorded in the Church of St. Teilo, Llantilio, Crosseny, September 2002
Digital Recording and editing by Paul Arden-Taylor - www.dinmore-records.co.uk
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
MCPS: DRD 045
Label: Dinmore Records
Year: 2002
Origin: UK

Artist Information & Contact Details

Eleri Darkins

Photograph of Eleri Darkins

Eleri regularly performs in recitals and concerts and also provides background music for receptions and functions. This allows her to play a widely appealing variety of music from traditional melodies (Welsh, English, Irish, Scottish, Breton) to more popular tunes taken from films or the charts.

Eleri Darkins was born in South Wales and began playing the harp when she was nine. She has won numerous prizes including the Nansi Richards Scholarship, Alwena Roberts Memorial Scholarship, John Weston Thomas Memorial Prize and many others at National Eisteddfodau.As a former member of the National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain and Wales, Eleri worked with many internationally renowned conductors including Mathias Bamert, Elgar Howarth and Christopher Adey. Recently, Eleri has performed with the English Symphony Orchestra under William Boughton, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Richard Hickox. Eler 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.

Eleri has a great interest in the Triple Harp, especially playing traditional Welsh folk music. She is very fortunate to have a ‘Gwalia’ Triple Harp made by John Weston Thomas. During 2001, she appeared on a television broadcast in Wales, ‘Cam Ymlaen’ and ‘O Flaen dy Lygaid’. Eleri played the Triple Harp at the opening of the National Assembly in Cardiff, in 1999. Later that year, she performed in California to launch the CD ‘Yn Iaith y Nefoedd - In the Language of Heaven’.

Contact Details
Eleri Darkins
12 Pine Tree Way
Nelson
Treharris CF46 6PA
Telephone 01443 453342
Mobile 0771 453 0647
E-mail eleri.darkins@btinternet.com
Booking

Available for Concerto performances, concerts, recitals, festivals and as a freelance harpist for public & private events, Duo Concerts with Oboist, Gwenllian Davies (Celtica Duo). Classical. Also Welsh Triple Harp.

Teaching Now back in the UK after being based at Tamnak Prathom Harp Centre, Bangkok, Thailand Elerie teaches the harp for all standards all ages. Previous teaching posts, prior to working in Bankok included peripatetic harp teaching in Caerphilly Borough Schools and Telynau Morgannwg and Telynau Bangor Courses.
Ensembles

Aurora Ensemble, Celtica Duo

Artist Web Sites   www.eleridarkins.com (soloist)
uk.geocities.com/aurora_ensemble/ (Aurora)

Recordings by Eleri Darkins

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