Royal Harpist Alis Huws performed Welsh composer Sir Karl Jenkins’s Tros Y Garreg within the Coronation programme at Westminster Abbey in London on 6 May 2023.
Music by Sir Karl Jenkins was included in the programme for the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort at Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6 May 2023, showcasing musical talent from across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. The programme featured a range of musical styles and performers, blending tradition, heritage and ceremony with new musical voices of today, and reflecting The King’s life-long love and support of music and the arts.
The Official Royal Harpist Alis Huws was soloist in Sir Karl Jenkins’s Tros Y Garreg, an arrangement of a Welsh folk song drawn from his harp concerto Over the Stone, as part of the music programme preceding the Coronation service. The work was commissioned by His Majesty when Prince of Wales, and its inclusion was in recognition of The King’s long standing and deeply held relationship and affiliation with Wales.
Sir Karl Jenkins commented: “I was greatly honoured that my music was included in the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort. When he was Prince of Wales, The King commissioned a harp concerto from me, one movement of which is based on the wonderful Welsh folk song Tros Y Garreg, which means Over the Stone or Crossing the Stone. It was composed for the first Royal Harpist of the modern age, Catrin Finch, and I was delighted to see the piece performed in Westminster Abbey by the current Royal Harpist Alis Huws.”
Sir Karl’s Tros Y Garreg is now available to listen to on the official Coronation album, released on Decca Records.