Welsh Harpist Catrin Finch hosts concert to support WaterAid

26 Jan 2015

World-renowned classical harpist, arranger and composer Catrin Finch is hosting a special evening of world music to mark World Water Day 2015, in support of international charity WaterAid. The concert coincides with the launch of her new album Tides which is released on 23rd March.

The Welsh musician and former Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales will be performing with guests at London’s iconic Union Chapel on Tuesday 24th March. Catrin will be joined by Balkan folk band Paprika and the London Bulgarian Choir for an eclectic night of folk, Eastern European roots and classical music.

Tickets for the evening are priced at just £20 (concessions £18.50) and can be purchased via

Described as “The Queen of Harps”, Catrin has gifted the track Changing Tides, from her new album Tides, to raise money for WaterAid and help bring safe water, toilets and hygiene to some of the world’s poorest communities. Ahead of the concert she will travel to Ethiopia in February to meet communities who have benefitted from WaterAid’s life saving work.

Catrin said “I became a WaterAid ambassador after Iearning that there are over 748 million people living without access to safe, clean water – a human tragedy that results in the needless deaths of over 1400 children die every single day. As a mother I hope to help raise money and encourage people to support WaterAid’s mission - to bring safe, clean water to everyone everywhere by 2030.”

WaterAid works with the poorest and most marginalised communities in 26 countries around the developing world to set up practical and sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene projects. As well as providing toilets and taps, WaterAid always promotes good hygiene behaviour to make sure that the health benefits of safe water and sanitation are maximised.

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Notes to editors


WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. The international organisation works in 26 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific Region to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in some of the world’s poorest communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 21 million people with safe water and, since 2004, 18 million people with sanitation. For more information, visit, follow @wateraidUK on Twitter or visit us on Facebook.

  • Around 1,400 children die every day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
  • 748 million people in the world live without safe water. This is roughly one in ten of the world's population.
  • 2.5 billion people live without sanitation; this is 39% of the world's population.
  • For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of £4 is returned in increased productivity.
  • Just £15 can enable one person to access safe, clean water.

Catrin Finch

Described as “The Queen of Harps” Catrin Finch is the former Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales (2000-2004). Catrin learnt to play the harp at the age of five, and by nine had achieved the highest mark in the UK for her Grade VIII exam. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of music she has performed all around the world and with many of the world’s top orchestras. Catrin has recorded for most of the major international recording companies, including Universal Records, DG, EMI and Sony Classical, in both a solo capacity and with notable artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber.


Paprika started life as a Serbian gyspy and folk band, before they added Romanian violinist Bogdan Vacarescu and took their Balkan ballads and dance songs to clubs and festivals throughout the UK. The band’s focus is on bringing rare and lost traditional Balkan music back to life – think dancing, wild violin action and some of the most exciting roots folk music you’ve ever heard!

London Bulgarian Choir

The London Bulgarian Choir was founded by Dessislava Stefanova, a former singer with the Philip Koutev Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble in Sofia, in 2000. Since then the choir has grown into an extended ensemble, winning over listeners around the world with its traditional Bulgarian songs. Expect a spinetingling performance of dissonant harmonies, exotic scales, and exuberant trills.