Friday lunchtime recitals by students from Manchester's internationally renowned Royal Northern College of Music.
Jess Hughes harp
Angharad Huw harp
Jess Hughes and Angharad Huw were mid-way through their second and first years of study at the Royal Northern College of Music, when the country had to enter a national lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. Whilst studying remotely, with Jess in Somerset and Angharad in North Wales, they did some research into lots of different chamber groups and harp duos that inspired them, and decided they would like to form a duo of their own!
Their name, Tegid Duo, is inspired by the legend of Llyn Tegid – the story of how Bala Lake in North Wales was formed, and how a Welsh harpist’s life was spared by the gods, who wanted to punish Bala’s monarch, the greedy King Tegid Foel, for his evil ways. As punishment for his selfishness and for repeatedly oppressing his people, the gods drowned Tegid Foel’s town of Bala by creating a new lake in the valley. The harpist, unbeknownst to what was to come, left his harp behind to follow a bird singing ‘vengeance will come!’ up the hill. He climbed up to the top of the hill overlooking the town, and fell asleep to the sound of the birdsong. Whilst he slept, the gods went to work to drown the kingdom.
Once the lake was formed, the harpist awoke and was surprised to see the valley full of water, and could see his little harp floating on the surface. As he retrieved it, he realised that his life had been spared, and so to give thanks to the gods, he dedicated his singing and playing to them. The survivors of the phenomenon went on to build a new settlement on the edge of the lake, known today as Bala.
It is fair to say that the circumstances in which Tegid Duo was formed are unusual, just like the unexpected formation of Llyn Tegid in North Wales. However, Tegid Duo are delighted to be performing today and present a programme that will provide something for everyone to enjoy.
The Tegid Duo appears by kind permission of the RNCM.