Master Harper

Tenth century Welsh ruler Hywel Dda (Howell the Good) created the country's first uniform legal system.

One of his laws put the future of the nation's harpists at its core by ensuring that the Master Harper or Pencerdd (top musician) was paid sufficiently to take on an apprentice.

Former Royal harpist Catrin Finch joins young harpists from all over the globe at the Wales International Harp Festival as they compete for the 21st century title of Pencerdd, to see whether those thousand year old laws continue to bear fruit.

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Tenth century Welsh ruler Hywel Dda (Howell the Good) created the country's first uniform legal system.

One of his laws put the future of the nation's harpists at its core by ensuring that the Master Harper or Pencerdd (top musician) was paid sufficiently to take on an apprentice.

Former Royal harpist Catrin Finch joins young harpists from all over the globe at the Wales International Harp Festival as they compete for the 21st century title of Pencerdd, to see whether those thousand year old laws continue to bear fruit.