I took over as Convenor of the Wales Branch on 21st July 2019, following which we held at least one more workshop before playing at a lunchtime concert in St Peter’s Church Carmarthen, where I am Director of Music. We played ten or so of our favourite pieces and all took turns to introduce each item. We had an audience of some 56 including Alan Shiers, founder of Teifi Harps,who was delighted to see and hear so many of his harps being played. He had made seven of the eight harps that were played that day. We had hoped to return this year but due to the pandemic, the series was cancelled. Hopefully, we will be able to return in 2021.
On September 15th, 11 of us attended a workshop led by Tamsin Dearnley. She taught us a very pretty piece called ‘Blackberry Winter’. After this we held three workshops in order to prepare for our Christmas outings.
The first outing was to the Llandeilo Festival of the Senses, where four of us played for an hour or so in St Teilo’s church. We then attended the Christmas Fayre on a very cold December day in a marquee at Llanerchaeron, where the first person we saw was Marianne , better known as the mother of Catrin Finch! No pressure then! Seven of us turned up for that and we met lots of old and new friends who were milling around and chatted in between spots. This rounded off the year nicely.
On 23rd February we were very pleased to welcome Monica Stadler back for a workshop, when we did some more improvisation and learned a new piece.
Finally, just before lockdown, we enjoyed a workshop with Meinir Heulyn, who brought 2 different pieces with her, one in three parts and one in four. I was delighted that Meinir thought the group had improved.