GLYNDWR University has put pen to paper on a collaboration with Wales’ international harpist Catrin Finch.
Ms Finch, who has been awarded a year-long fellowship by the university, will visit Wrexham six times between now and July 2009 to lead a series of concerts and workshops for young harpists.
She will also visit several schools in the Wrexham area to work with students.
Professor Michael Scott, vice-chancellor of Glyndwr University, said: “Catrin is one of the most prominent classical musicians of her generation and the agreement we’ve signed is an exciting one which will bring tremendous benefit to young people .
“Glyndwr University is dedicated to involving the community in its day-to-day activities and Catrin’s visits to both the university and local schools will continue this commitment.”
After playing harp for the first time at the age of five, Ceredigion-born Ms Finch has risen to become one of the world’s leading harpists.
She picked up her first international prize in 1999, winning the Lily Laskine International Harp Competition in France, and has since received a Classical Brit Award nomination and held the post of Royal Harpist to the Prince of Wales.
Professor Scott thanked Glyndwr University governor Aldham Robarts, who provided financial support for the new fellowship.
Professor Scott said: “Aldie has been a fantastic and loyal supporter of the university. We’re eternally gratefully that he’s provided us with such a great opportunity to enter into a new partnership which will benefit everyone with an interest in both Wrexham and Glyndwr University.”