Timeline

Gareth Swindail-Parry performing alongside Triple Harp supergroup Rhes Ganol, Cadi Glwys and Elin Anghared Davies. Llanrwst 2019.

2000

Born in Hereford to Welsh parents.

2007

Saw Ben Creighton Griffiths playing the Harp on Blue Peter and began harp lessons with Charlotte Poulter.

2016

Began learning the Welsh Romany Gypsy Music with Robin Huw Bowen as part of the Telynor Cymru Project.

First played a Welsh Triple harp for the first time at a ‘Hands on Harp day’ in Abergavenny.

Performed in the Llanover ‘Harpathon’ raising money for the 2016 Abergavenny National Eisteddfod and was challenged to play on the Triple Harp. This resulted in me wanting to start to learn the Triple Harp.

Performed in historic concert ‘Yn ôl i Lanofer – Back to Llanover’ with 6 other Triple Harpists* in Lady Llanovers drawing room at Ty Uchaf on the Llanover Estate, Monmouthshire. This was the first time a Triple Harp performance had been given in Llanover for over 100 years. (*Robin Huw Bowen, Rhiain Bebb, Huw Roberts, Meinir Olwen, Cerys Hafana and Gill Madley).

Performed in historic concert at Gregynog Hall, celebrating the 200th anniversary of John Roberts ‘Telynor Cymru’ along with 6 Triple Harpists and two other Welsh musicians*. (*Robin Huw Bowen, Rhiain Bebb, Huw Roberts, Meinir Olwen, Cerys Hafana, Andy McLauchlin, Howard Potter and Anghared Young).

Commisioned a Triple Harp to be made by Robin Ward and bought the last ‘Gwaun’ model perpendicular strung Triple Harp made by John Weston Thomas and Alun Thomas.

Began studying A Level Music, Drama and Theatre Studies, Psychology, General Studies and Extended Project Qualification at Hereford Sixth Form College.

2017

Performed in Cwlwm Celtaidd 2017 with 3 other Triple Harpists* and a number of lever harpists. (*Robin Huw Bowen, Anghared Young, Mary Evans).

Performed in Upstage Production Company’s ‘Skirrid Hill’ based on the poetry by Owen Sheers at Hereford Sixth Form College. Performed on the Welsh Triple Harp and also sang in Welsh. I was also Assistant Sound Designer and performed original composition ‘Overcast’ as the final piece composed by Jordan Bryan and myself.

Worked alongside new sound label ‘The Quantum Sweep’ and Jordan Bryan on Jordan’s debut album ‘Genesis’. Re-arranged ‘Overcast’ for Pedal Harp and recorded it for his album released 2018.

Attended Glasbury Arts Harp Summer School and was taught by Eleanor Turner, Adriano Sangineto and Harriet Earis. Also worked as Sound Engineer for the concert.

Performed at the Melville Centre concert with Robin Huw Bowen, Rose Graham and Gill Madley.

2018

Began working with ‘The Quantum Sweep’ and assisted them in their rebrand to ‘Unredacted Productions’. Re branded all social media and helped create their website. Began working with them as Media Manager and Composer, later as Media and Music Consultant and Freelance Composer.

Jordan Bryan releases debut album ‘Genesis’. Our collaborative composition ‘Overcast’ is featured, played and recorded by myself.

Bought historic Erard Grecian harp from descendant of Gypsy Robert’s family with hopes to restore the harp.

Commissioned to co-compose the sound track for Upstage Production Company’s ‘The Void’ by Lauren Williams with fellow composer Jordan Bryan. As well as composing half the soundtrack, I also worked as Sound Engineer and Assistant Sound Designer and worked on the live shows at Hereford Sixth Form College.

Released ‘The Void OST’ on CD and Bandcamp through the new Unredacted Productions. This quickly became the highest selling album for Unredacted Productions.

Finished my A Levels at Hereford Sixth Form College and attained a Distinction on ABRSM Grade 8 Lever Harp.

Competed in the John Weston Thomas Memorial prize for Solo Folk Instrument at the Cardiff National Eisteddfod and came first. Also interviewed by Frank Hennessey for BBC Wales’s Celtic Heartbeat which featured soon after.

Made Youth Representative for Clera – The Society for the National Instruments of Wales. Also began running some of their new social media pages.

Performed in 2018 National Eisteddfods in Ty Gwerin and accompanied Dawnswyr Caerdydd 2 on the Millennium Stage.

Began another two years at Hereford Sixth Form studying Media Production, Sociology and Politics in order to work on Technical Theatre Portfolio for application to conservatoires in 2020.

Worked as Head Sound Designer for Upstage Productions ‘Avenue Q Schools Edition’ at Hereford Sixth Form College.

2019

Rebranded social media and set up website with new logo.

Released debut single ‘The Journey’ featuring two origional compositions for orchestra.

Performed alongside Welsh Triple Harp supergroup Rhes Ganol and other Welsh Triple Harpists* at the Llanrwst Harp day concert. (*Robin Huw Bowen, Rhiain Bebb, Huw Roberts, Wyn Thomas, Steffan Thomas, Cadi Glwys and Elin Anghared Davies.)

Competed and won the Young Musician of the Year at Cwlwm Celtaidd Interceltic Festival and performed solo and with other Triple Harpists* at Cwlwm Celtaidd. (*Robin Huw Bowen, Cadi Glwys, Cerys Hafana)

Worked as Harpist, Sound engineer and producer on Sam Cheshire’s debut EP ‘A New Utopia’

Performed at the 2019 National Eisteddfod for the Prose Medal Ceremony with Ty Teires* – the first time Triple Harps have been used for this ceremony. Also performed in Ty Gwerin for the Launch of Cymdeithas y Delyn Deires as well as alongside Robin Huw Bowen. (*Robin Huw Bowen, Meinir Olwen and Cadi Glwys)

Released new EP ‘Pathways’.