About Ben Creighton Griffiths

Benjamin J. Creighton GriffithsBenjamin made his international debut in 2004 when as a 7 year old he came second in the Under 18 class of the 1er Concours International de Harpe in Nantes, France. In 2006 he won the Under 13 solo harp at the Wales International Harp Festival and in 2008 (11 years old) won the Under 16 class at Concours de harpe Lily Laskine, in Paris. His prize was a Salvi Concert Harp.

Since then he has been earning himself an enviable international reputation performing in Brazil, Canada, The Caribbean, Croatia, The Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands & Spain.

Closer to home Ben has performed as a soloist at The Edinburgh International Harp Festival, Wales International Harp Festival, The Summer Harp Festival, Monmouth Festival, Ludlow Festival, Trinity Harp Festival, The Derbyshire Harp Festival, The Cardiff Camac Harp Weekend, The East Anglia Harp Festival, Harp on Wight, Glasbury Arts Harp Summer School and The Vale Jazz Festival.

Benjamin is the Principal Harp of Concert Orchestra de Cymru and Orchestra West and he has performed as a concerto soloist with The Welsh Sinfonia, Welsh Concert Orchestra, Orchestra West, Llandenny Strings, Cardiff Philharmonic, Chandos Symphony Orchestra, les Alizés and the orchestra of Le Garde Républicaine. He has also performed with numerous choirs as both a soloist and accompanist.

Benjamin has worked with many of charities over his career. In Particular he is an Official Ambassador for George Thomas Hospice Care, The British Heart Foundation Cymru and St. John Cymru Wales. On 1st March 2010 he performed at Clarence House for HRH the Prince of Wales at a reception for George Thomas.

Benjamin has made a number of TV programs with the BBC including Take a Bow (2007), Bobinogs (2008), Show me, Show me (2015) and a short film for CBBC about Lady Llanover in which he plays a Triple Harp (2014). Other TV appearances include the Urdd Eisteddfod, Carolau Llangollen, Noson Lawen, BBC Children in Need and Acapela (Made in Cardiff 2015). Radio broadcasts include The National Holocaust Memorial Event, Wales International Harp Festival & an interview for the BBC R4 documentary - Master Harper. During the summer of 2011 he featured on ITV1's 'Born to Shine' where over course of several months he mentored Welsh Rugby star Gareth Thomas to learn the harp and perform live on TV – narrowly coming second to an Opera Singing Jason Manford.

Whilst continuing his classical work, Ben is now in increasing demand for his jazz performances, working as both a soloist and with bands, singers, and other artists. His jazz repertoire covers all genres, including Swing, Latin, Funk, Electronic and Fusion, Gypsy, and more. For the last two years he has been teaching a series of very successful 'Introduction to Improvisation' workshops as both one off events and at Harp Festivals worldwide, aiming to encourage harpists of all ages and abilities into the world of jazz.

Benjamin has released several jazz CD's including his 'Incomplete A-Z of Jazz Harp' and 'Pedals & Paws'. His forthcoming album 'One Man Band' is to be released in February 2017 at a special release concert in Acapela Studios. 'One Man Band' is his most diverse and exploratory album yet featuring a range of styles and sounds. Ben has also published numerous arrangements, both classical and jazz, including his popular 'Jazz Harp Series'.

Upcoming performances for 2016 include Wall 2 Wall Jazz Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival, The Dutch Harp Festival & Jazz Harp Academy, and Journees De La Harpe (Caribbean).

September 2016

For further and more up to date information please visit his web site www.bjcg.co.uk

Contact Details  
Telephone 029 2039 7711
E-mail ben@bjcg.co.uk
Artist Web Site www.bjcg.co.uk

Recordings and Sheet Music

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Recordings Buy Now
1 Man Band (CD 2017)
Pedals and Paws (CD 2015)
An incomplete A-Z of Jazz Harp Music (CD 2012)
L'arpa in villa (DVD 2009) Live recording harp recital
A Ceremony of Carols (CD 2009) with Llandaff cathedral Girl Choristers
Ben Jamming (CD single 2003)
 
Sheet Music Buy Now
Jazz Harp Series - Pedal Harp Solos
Aquarela Do Brasil
Autumn Leaves
Chameleon
Dark Eyes
Greensleeves
Pure Imagination
Take 5
Yardbird Suite
 
Jazz Harp Series - Lever or Pedal Harp Ensemble Music
Promenade in Prague
String Bossa
 
Jazz Harp - Study Books
Five Studies in improvised Music
 
Solo Harp
Dacw 'nghariad i (Pedal Harp)
Dacw 'nghariad i (Lever harp)
Home-Work from Julian
Traditional Melodies for Lever Harp - Volume 1
 
Flute & Harp (arr Jane Groves, harp part ed Ben Creighton Griffiths)
Hook Sonatas Volume 1
Hook Sonatas Volume 2
Hook Sonatas Volume 3
Classical Melodies Volume 1
Traditional Melodies Volume 1