A former pupil of Alwena Roberts then Elinor Bennett, Glain Dafydd’s music career includes winning the Texaco Young Musician of Wales competition, the Gregynog Musician competition and coming second at the Moscow International Harp Competition (junior category).
A string finalist in both the BBC Young Musician and the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League competitions, Glain has won the Blue Ribbon twice at the National Eisteddfod. She also won the harp solo competition 7 times at the National Urdd Eisteddfod, and won the Bryn Terfel Scholarship which is related to the Urdd. Glain was then invited to perform at the National Urdd’s opening concert which was televised. She won the under 16s and 21 category at the Wales International Harp Festival, and came third in the under 19s category.
As well as performing as a soloist, Glain has played with larger ensembles and orchestras such as Sinfonia Cymru, the National Children’s Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra GB. Glain was invited to play at the British Embassy in Paris, and at the Cathedral in St Asaph when Prince Charles visited to celebrate the inauguration of Llanelwy as a City. She has appeared as a guest soloist with the European Union Chamber Orchestra playing the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto.
Glain has recently finished her studies with Isabelle Perrin at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, and is currently studying a post-graduate course at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Karen Vaughan.
She performs regularly with the Penrhyn Male Voice Choir and toured the US as a guest soloist with the choir, performing in New York, Columbus, Washington and Glens Falls. Glain also performed with the choir at the opening concert at Pontio, North Wales.
Glain wishes to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council of Wales, The Welsh Livery Guild, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales for an award from the Sickle Foundation. At the behest of the MMSF, she has given recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, Foundling Museum and Cranleigh Arts Centre. A former student at the William Mathias Music Centre, Glain performed at the centre’s 15th anniversary concert, and also performed at their Harp Festival in Easter 2015. She has recently been accepted for the Live Music Now scheme.