Benjamin Creighton Griffiths

HARPIST AVAILABLE FOR PERFORMANCES & TEACHING

Ben Creighton Griffiths is a full time professional harpist who plays both classical harp and jazz harp. If you have not see him perform live please visit his YouTube Channel.

Benjamin, based in Cardiff, has over ten years experience of performing at a wide range of events both in the UK and abroad, for audiences from a 20 guest dinner party to 74,000 rugby fans at the Wales Millennium Stadium! More recently he has also started teaching at workshops and giving individual private lessons. He holds a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS) - previously know as a CRB check.

As well as providing a wide range of live music styles Benjamin also has a choice of harps including the two at the top of the page. The harp on the left is his Golden Salvi Minerva Concert Pedal Harp and the harp on the right is his Camac Electro Acoustic Pedal Harp which can be used with or with out amplification.

For further information please click the panel headings below.

Photo of Benjamin - January 2013

Thank you most sincerely for your invaluable contribution to the Wales International Harp Festival III, and for giving the "Late Night Jazz" in Galeri on Thursday and Saturday nights. As always I very much enjoyed your playing and the reactions and reports that I have had from so many people have been extremely enthusiastic and very complimentary! Elinor Bennett, Festival Director, Wales International Harp Festival, April 2014

Photo of Benjamin concert Summer 2014Concerts and Festivals

As you will see from a quick browse of Benjamin's Events page he has many years experience of performing solo and gala concerts both here in the UK and abroad. From small recitals in Village Halls for groups such as the Penarth Stroke Support Group to major concert venues such as The Anvil, Basingstoke or Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

His solo concerts can be classical, lighter music, jazz or what seems to prove most popular is a combination of styles. As those who have seen him perform already know - not only will he play the music but as an accomplished speaker will also entertain audiences with anecdotes about the composers and their music making it a wonderful way for many to hear a solo harp for the first time.

Benjamin's concert repertoire changes regularly and can be tailored to a theme. Ben is happy to compile programmes to suit an Artistic Directors needs. During 2013, the centenary of the death of Wales' most famous harpist and composer John Thomas, Harpist to Queen Victoria, Benjamin has had many requests to include John Thomas music in concerts and other events.

As well as performing solo concerts Benjamin also regularly performs at Gala Events. Often he just performs one or two solo slots along side other performers but on other occasions he performs duets, trios or accompanies other performers including solo vocalists and full choirs.

To enquire about Benjamin's availability please e-mail (see contact page)

Click here to see some sample Concert Programmes

Click here of a list of festivals where Benjamin has performed

His performance was very much appreciated by all, as was his lovely stage presence and presentation. He has a great talent ......
It is very touching that he has chosen to use this talent to make such a huge contribution to charity. Isobel Mieras, Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Weddings Enquiry form (pdf)


Photo of Benjamin - Summer 2014 2013Benjamin has been delighting Brides, Grooms & their guests as a Wedding Harpist since 2005. He can play at Wedding Ceremonies, Drinks Receptions & Wedding Breakfasts.

As your wedding day is the most important day of your life you deserve the kind of bespoke and personal service you will receive from a professional harpist such as Ben Creighton Griffiths.

As all weddings are different Benjamin tailors every booking to suit the needs of the Bride & Groom. When booked to perform at a Wedding Ceremony Benjamin will be available for a pre-wedding consultation to run through your requirements and the music wanted for the Ceremony. Final details can often be confirmed by telephone, by e-mail, or at a Wedding Fayre.

But as an example, the most common request is for Ben to play at the Ceremony and Drinks Reception (or Ceremony and Wedding Breakfast) where, typically, he could play for about ½ hour as your guests arrive, as needed during the actual ceremony (normally a processional, one or two pieces during the signing of the register and a recessional) then again as your guests leave. During the Drinks Reception he can entertain your guests while they enjoy a drink, chat and the photographs taken before everyone goes in to enjoy the Wedding Breakfast.

As a Professional International Concert Harpist Ben knows that his reputation is only as good as his last performance - be that on stage in Rio de Janeiro, at a local charity coffee morning, or playing at your wedding.

Please e-mail Ben to enquire about his availability (see contact page)

While weddings and private parties are not normally listed on Benjamin's events page you will find details of any forthcoming Wedding Fayres where you can meet him, discuss your requirements and, of course, hear him play.

Private Parties Enquiry form (pdf)


Benjamin’s first public performance was during a charity concert in Cardiff in November 2001 Ben has been in great demand ever since. As well as playing in concerts he has also undertaken many other types of events such as performing at WI Coffee Mornings, Royal Gala Dinners, Charity Balls, Official Receptions and Openings, Corporate Events, Birthday Parties, Weddings and Wedding Anniversaries.

He has performed to all sizes of audiences from individuals in hospitals & hospices to 74,000 rugby fans at the Wales Millennium Stadium when he played on the pitch at half time during an Autumn International!

Please e-mail Ben to enquire about his availability (see contact page)

Corporate Events

Benjamin has many years experience of performing at functions and other corporate events often for Charitable Organisations but also for Commercial Organisations and conferences. Some of these events are listed on his events page.

Having both a Concert Grand Pedal Harp and an Electric-Acoustic Pedal Harp and a choice of amplification systems he is able to perform in large or small venues. With his multi cross-over ability allowing him to perform Classical, Modern and Jazz to a high professional level he can provide music suitable for all manner of corporate events.

Please e-mail Ben to enquire about his availability (see contact page)

 

"Ben is an extraordinarily gifted boy; a flawless and easy - looking technique, musical interpretation, a good tone quality and a real stage presence"
Edward Witsenburg, at Benjamin's recital at the 10th World Harp Congress, Amsterdam

 

Photo of Benjamin - Summer 2014

Photo of Benjamin at Welsh Hearts Event 2014Charity Events

Like many solo musicians Benjamin is regularly asked to perform at Charity Events and where possible he accepts such invitations. Some the events he has taken or is about to take part in are listed on his Events page.

Over the years he has performed at many different types of Charity Events for many different Charities. The most usual requests are to either perform in Charity Gala Concerts or play background music at Charity Dinners - either during the pre-dinner reception or during the meal itself. Over the years he has also performed for many charities at their building openings, product launches, anniversary celebrations, outdoor races, tea parties, conferences, volunteer training days, AGM's and for Save the Children he took part in the first series of the ITV Celebrity Challenge show "Born to Shine" as mentor to Gareth Thomas whose task was to learn to play the harp in 6 weeks!

Please e-mail Ben to enquire about his availability (see contact page)

Benjamin is also an Official Ambassador (Pro Bono) for the following charities:-

George Thomas Hospice Care

The British Heart Foundation

St. Johns Cymru

To learn more about the Charities Benjamin supports please use the "Charity Work" tab on the main menu above.

Benjamin holds a Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS) - formerly known as a CRB Check

Photo at Kirkby-in-Cleveland Harp Weekend. Private Lessons

Ben has a limited number of places available for regular weekly private harp and piano lessons for all ages and abilities.
Please contact Ben for further details

 

Workshops & Courses

Ben is available for teaching workshops, courses and masterclasses at festivals and other events. Some of the festivals where he has been invited to teach are detailed here.

He has also worked with harp teachers locally and in other parts of the UK to set up special day / weekend courses for harpists in the teacher's locality, such as the Kirkby-in-Cleveland Harp Weekend.

In either case Benjamin can teach Jazz or Classical and works in conjunction with the organisers to tailor each workshop to the students requirements.

Ben, provides printed course hand books and where required pre course material. Working with his sponsors - specialist harp music publishers Creighton's Collection, he is also able to supply posters, leaflets, flyers and other promotional material for each event.

Updated March 2016
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