Current Official Royal Harpist, Alis Huws is a freelance soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. She has played solo recitals all over the UK, and has given performances across Europe and the Far East.
Alis performs regularly at high profile events for the Welsh Government, including the opening of their new offices at the British Embassy in Berlin, their St David’s Day celebrations at Lancaster House, and the official Royal openings of the Senedd in 2016 and 2021. She was also invited to perform at Buckingham Palace to mark 50 years since the investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales.
In 2017, Alis participated at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, and joined Katherine Jenkins and Only Men Aloud in a performance celebrating the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff. She also represented Wales at the Hankyu International Fair in Osaka in 2016.
Alis obtained her Master’s Degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, under the tuition of Caryl Thomas. As part of her studies, she spent time in Amsterdam on the Erasmus scheme, studying with renowned harpist Erika Waardenburg. At RWCMD, she was awarded the Midori Matsui Prize for music, the Royal Welch Fusiliers Harp Prize, the McGrennery Chamber Music Prize and the Rev. Paul Bigmore Music in the Community Award. Her studies were generously supported by the Tillett Trust, The Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Trust, the Arts Council of Wales, the EMI Sound Foundation and a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award.
In 2019, Alis joined the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra on their inaugural tour to Russia, followed by a solo tour of Japan supported by Wales Arts International. She is the current harpist for the LPO's Foyle Future Firsts Orchestral Development Scheme, and she also looks forward to welcoming the World Harp Congress to Cardiff in 2022, where she will be the Youth Co-Ordinator.