HARP STAFF

 

 

Gwenda Davies

Gwenda was born of a Welsh father and English mother. Since her childhood years growing up in Sydney, Gwenda took an interest in music from the British Isles. Her training in voice, piano and harp, led to a performance career of harp and song.

Gwenda spent several years in San Francisco, completing an MA in creative arts, then pursuing harp interests alongside promoting and establishing markets for Australian Wines in the US. Gwenda later studied traditional Welsh folk music at UNW Bangor, Wales. 

During the 1990’s Gwenda was employed by major hotels in the San Francisco Bay Area, playing harp during the lavish Sunday Brunch Buffets, including two years at the Top of the Mark, Mark Hopkins Hotel, and a year at the Berkeley Marriott Hotel. 

Since her return to Australia, Gwenda completed an MMus(musicology) at UNSW in 2000. She joined the teaching faculty at Mitchell Conservatorium, Bathurst in 2005.

Gwenda performs under the banner of Emlyn’s Harp, (solo or ensemble) for weddings, private functions and cultural events in the Bathurst region, with a repertoire that sensitively combines light classical, traditional and popular themes to suit the occasion and atmosphere. 

Performance highlights include a concert in Wellington Caves recorded by the ABC, Mitchell Conservatorium Bathurst Spring Recital Series, All Saints’ Cathedral Bathurst Lunchtime Recitals and Bathurst Autumn Colours series accompanying High Tea at Abercrombie House, Bathurst.

Bethany Carter

Bethany holds a BA Ed, BA Soc. Sc. (Psy), DipMus and AMusA (Voice), and is currently
completing a research based Master of Music (Music Education) through Sydney University.
She has many years of teaching experience in ensemble, classroom and studio contexts, and
performs on harp (pedal and Celtic/lever), voice and piano across the Blue Mountains and
Central Western region as an accompanist, and in orchestral and solo settings. She also is
accredited as a classroom teacher for the Department of Education.
Bethany has experience conducting and coordinating various ensembles including concert
band, string ensemble, harp groups and vocal groups, and is the deputy conductor of the
Allegri Singers, Bathurst. Bethany is regularly involved in community theatrical productions
as an instrumentalist, musical director and cast member.
As a pedal harpist, Bethany has contributed to orchestras such as the Australian Doctors’
Orchestra and the Macquarie Philharmonia Orchestra.
Her particular expertise as a classroom educator (accredited at the level of Proficient
Teacher), and capacity to adjust delivery of curriculum to suit individual learning needs, has
enabled Bethany to assist other teachers with developing effective pedagogy, and assisted her
role as a sessional academic at Charles Sturt University. Her current Masters research
involves investigating the impact of group harp learning on students’ self–efficacy and self-
concept. She has a passion for making music more accessible to students by continually
developing and re-developing teaching practices that enhance both student potential and well-
being.

Bethany Carter, celtic harp teacher, Bathurst

Martyn Cook

Martyn is a fulltime musician and has been playing the Celtic Harp professionally for over twenty years and has significant experience in different genres of music; (He also plays Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone and Trumpet), principally with Jazz Daiquiri and the The Kate Woolfe Trio.

Between the years 1983 and 2000 he was a musician in the band of the French Foreign Legion playing clarinet for eighteen months before switching to the flute and piccolo. He was then posted overseas where he played euphonium for two years. Upon his return to France he resumed service with the band as solo flautist.

Prior to his army service he played electric bass with a ten-piece dance band and used to ‘sit in’ with the local jazz bands where he lived in the South of England.

At school he played clarinet for four years obtaining a Distinction in his Grade V Exam, and a Pass of 138/150 in grade V theory.

Martyn has completed the Community Services Training Package, Mental Health Co-existing Needs Unit, has attained a medication assistance skill set and holds a Cert 4 in Community Services - Disability.

Acknowledgement

We pay our respect to all First Nations elders both past and present from the lands where Mitchell Conservatorium students reside. In particular, we acknowledge the Wiradjuri and Dharug peoples of Australia, who are the traditional custodians of the land where Mitchell Conservatorium campuses are located.

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