THE third harp summer school presented by Glasbury Arts in conjunction with Theatr Brycheiniog, features two concerts, the now traditional multi-harp concert, for which students and tutors come together for a spectacular evening of harp playing and, this year, the summer school opens with An Evening with Katherine Thomas and Laurence Kempton.

Renowned Welsh classical harpist Katherine Thomas, associate principal artist with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, has performed with artists including Bryn Terfel, Rolando Villazon, Katherine Jenkins and the Manic Street Preachers and toured extensively as a soloist and with orchestras. Playing both the pedal and triple harps, Katherine is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and she now teaches at both the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and at Christ College, Brecon.

Katherine will be joined by Laurence Kempton, violinist with Welsh National Opera.

On graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Laurence joined the English String Orchestra where he worked with his childhood hero, Yehudi Menuhin.

Last year’s multi-harp concert saw a fabulous variety of musical styles and this year’s offers a further opportunity to enjoy harp playing at its most diverse.

Tickets for the final concert are available only from the box office at Theatr Brycheiniog, online at or call 01874 611622.

An Evening with Katherine Thomas and Laurence Kempton is on Wednesday, August 28, at the Drama Studio, Gwernyfed School.

To book call Glasbury Arts box office on 01497 847426.

On Saturday, August 31, Theatr Brycheiniog will host taster sessions, supported by Telynau Teifi, for anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to play the harp. The sessions are free, but must be booked through Theatr Brycheiniog’s box office.