Harp maker honoured

Allan Shiers, founder of Telynau Teifi Harps, has been named the UK Maker of the Year by the Heritage Craft Association (HCA). The submission to the HCA was supported by two of Britain’s foremost harpists Elinor Bennett and Catrin Finch. The award was made at the Association’s annual conference as part of London Craft week.

The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional crafts and aims to support and promote crafts as a fundamental part of our living heritage. HRH the Prince of Wales has strongly supported these awards

“As President of the Heritage Crafts Association, I am delighted to endorse this new awards scheme, which supports and rewards excellence in the heritage craft sector”

Since completing his apprenticeship with John Weston Thomas (who restarted harp making in Wales), Allan has spent almost 40 years refining the design and making of harps as well as sharing his knowledge and craft. In 2004 he established Telynau Teifi Harps a not-for-profit community business as the best way to ensure a future for harp-making in Wales. Since then the company has made over 900 harps with a world wide distribution