Harpist Elinor to Get College's Top Honour; Fellowship Accolade for 30-Year Career

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Harpist Elinor to Get College's Top Honour; Fellowship Accolade for 30-Year Career


Byline: By DAVID GREENWOOD

TOP harpist Elinor Bennett is being made an honorary fellow at the university where she taught for 30 years.

She receives Bangor University college's highest accolade at a glittering "graduation week" ceremony in July.

It comes exactly 12 years after her husband, Dafydd Wigley, collected a similar honour. And the event is being staged in the grand Prichard Jones Hall - the venue for many of her concert appearances at the university.

Travelling home from London to North Wales yesterday, Elinor said: "I am absolutely thrilled and excited. It is a great honour."

"My association as a harp teacher at the university only ended recently after almost 30 years."

She joins an impressive list of top Welsh entertainers who have been honoured in recent years including harpist Osian Ellis, opera star Bryn Terfel and south Anglesey-born singer Aled Jones.

Ten years ago, Elinor was made an honorary fellow of Aberystwyth university. She also received fellowships from Cardiff university and the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Earlier this year she was awarded an OBE in the New Year's honours.

Elinor is widely recognised as one of Britain's leading harp teachers and has organised many courses and seminars for young harpists throughout Wales, including the annual Harp College of Wales (Coleg Telyn Cymru).

A university spokeswoman said: "She has worked tirelessly to promote musicianship among young musicians and through her performances and recordings has promoted and encouraged a love of harp music of all genres. …

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