Anwen Charity Concert 2023 for IPA

Sunday 16th July from 2:15pm 7:00pm

A charity concert, presented by Anwen, in aid of IPA UK, International Project Aid UK.

Anwen’s music has been described as:

A fusion of original compositions and a mixture of folk/traditional pieces from various parts of the world, influenced by Celtic, Indian and classical music and song.

Each of the four members of Anwen has an equal influence on the unique, often haunting, sound the band creates, always looking to explore and innovate. The band sings in several languages, adding to the cornucopia of musical expression.

Some details about the band members:

France Ellul: Celtic harp.

France was a founder member of Vitae, the seminal band and ensemble of musicians who set up and ran the ‘Winterdrum’ festival in High Wycombe for many years. Subsequently – and before Anwen – there was ‘Harps of Avalon’; they made their debut appearance at the 2001 Winterdrum Festival and performed, individually and collectively, at a wide range of events from festivals, including Womad, to the British Diversity Awards. The band released one album, ‘The Seven Harps of Avalon’.

Tarsem Kalyan: tabla, darabuka, dholak.

Tarsem combines classical tabla playing with other styles, ranging from rock jazz, world music and bangra. He also has a rare talent for composing. Author of two Tabla books, one Dholak book, a beginner’s Tabla CD, and an intermediate/advanced Tabla DVD, he is still inspiring the next generation of musicians. Tarsem was a member of Harps of Avalon and stayed with France to become a core member of Anwen.

Annie Parker: flute.

Annie Parker hails from Wales and plays lots of different flutes as well as penny whistle and sometimes sax if persuaded! Having grown up with classical music and played in the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, she has since worked in various genres of music as well as travelled about a bit! She has been a member of Tanglefoot Barn Dance Band (and still is!), folk-rock band Kindred Spirit, played with Liverpool band Daywalker, toured southern Thailand with Thai reggae band Farmers Holiday Band, and currently, as well as Anwen, Annie plays with Zimbabwean-Euro band Limpopo Groove, has been developing her own group called the Annie Parker Collective and also been warily moving into jazz fronting the quartet P’jam and getting herself invited to do a few guest spots in jazz clubs. Annie’s philosophy is always be ready to learn something new and give it some welly!

Philippa Schofield: cello.

Philippa studied cello at the Royal Academy of Music and has since held positions in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She now freelances as this allows much more variety, if less stability! She enjoys playing with many different types of ensembles, including string quartets, symphony, and chamber orchestras and, particularly, with Anwen. This has been a wonderful outlet for more musical freedom and spontaneous expression.

Ticket Reservations – Anwen Concert for IPA UK: 16 July 2023.
Tickets are (minimum contribution) £15. Full name(s) needed
Tickets/seating limited to 55
Children free (when accompanied by an adult)

Entry also available on the day – cash only
Tickets include cake and refreshments: tea, coffee, soft drinks
Male, female and disabled toilets available onsite

Cheques payable to: France Ellul
Post to: 35 Sunny Croft, Downley High Wycombe, Bucks HP13 5UQ

Raffle: £1 per ticket

Anwen – The band album:

CD: £15
Vinyl: £20 Limited edition – signed by the band
Test Pressing: £10 Vinyl without central disc label; signed

Other albums: The ‘Spirits’ Trilogy (France)

  1. of the Sea: The Siren’s Song £10
  2. Spirits of the Moon £10
  3. Spirits of the Forest £10
    As well as:
  4. Annie Parker details on the day
  5. Tarsem Kalyan details on the day
    Pre-ordering of – and payment for – CDs and vinyl would be helpful.
    Previous band album “The Seven Harps of Avalon” – sold out: now only
    available via Amazon or eBay.
    Parking: there is on-site parking for 16 vehicles. Please car-share if possible.

Thank you for supporting IPA UK.




2:15 pm - 7:00 pm

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