The Evening's Programme


18.15    Drinks reception  in the company of  harpist Alis Huws

19.00   Three Course Dinner

21.00    Guest Speaker  Huw Edwards

21.30   Auction  

22.45   Close



Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards is familiar to us all as the main presenter of the flagship news broadcast, the Ten O'Clock News on BBC One. Although predominantly a news journalist, during his career Huw has presented a wide range of programmes on television and radio. To mention only a few of the broadcasts involving Huw:  he led the BBC commentary team at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games and the inauguration of Barack Obama. He presented the BBC coverage of the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, for which he and the team won a BAFTA Award for Best Coverage of a Live Event. Huw  has a particular interest in history and has presented documentaries on many historical subjects, including Owain Glyndŵr, Gladstone and Disraeli. The fascinating historical documentary series entitled The Story of Wales can also be attributed to Huw.  On a lighter note, he appeared as himself in 2012, in a cameo role in the 23rd James Bond film Skyfall! Huw is married to Vicky Flind, a BBC producer and they live in Dulwich with their five children.

We will be honoured and delighted to welcome Huw Edwards as the guest speaker at Cinio Haf 2020.


Alis Huws

Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales,  Alis Huws is a freelance soloist and chamber musician. She has played for the Royal Family on several occasions, and given performances across Europe and the Far East.  Closer to home, Alis performs regularly at high profile events for the Welsh Assembly Government, including the opening of their new offices at the British Embassy in Berlin.  She joined Katherine Jenkins and Only Men Aloud in a performance celebrating the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff. ​She is the Youth Co-Ordinator for the World Harp Congress Cardiff 2020 and will join the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra on their inaugural tour to Russia this autumn. 

Alis is highly passionate about outreach work, and received the Rev. Paul Bigmore Music in the Community Award. She takes the harp into care homes regularly  and is particularly interested in  the benefits that music can bring to dementia patients. ​Alis also gives workshops and recitals in schools.

We look forward very much  to Alis Huws ' recital during  our drinks reception.

2019 Guests

Arfon Haines Davies

Arfon Haines Davies

Arfon Haines Davies


The acclaimed Welsh television presenter, Arfon Haines Davies began his career as a continuity announcer for ITV Wales in the 1970s. He continued his successful career in television for over thirty years and was one of the main news presenters on HTV. In addition, the highly popular television broadcaster presented a variety of television shows in English and Welsh. Cinio Haf 2019 certainly won’t be the first charity auction at which Arfon has kindly given his services. We are certain that his charm will result in an entertaining and memorable auction!

Arfon is married to Angela and lives in Cardiff.

Yanto Barker

Arfon Haines Davies

Arfon Haines Davies


Born in 1980 in Machynlleth, Yanto Barker, Welsh former professional racing cyclist turned entrepreneur, started competitive road racing when he was 15. Having won the Junior British National Road Race Championships, he began competing in senior races aged 19 and was selected to represent Britain at under-23 level. Yanto represented Wales in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Falling out of love with life as a professional road racer led Yanto to establish his cycling clothing business Le Col. Yanto’s cycling expertise and pursuit of perfection gives Le Col the leading edge and its apparel has been described by Sir Bradley Wiggins as “the best performance cycling kit on the market”.

Yanto is married and 2 children: a daughter who will be three in December and a son who was born at the start of May. 

Manon Browning

Arfon Haines Davies

Manon Browning


Manon graduated with a First Class Honours BMus.and gained a Distinction at MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Imogen Barford and Charlotte Seale. Manon was awarded the Nansi Richards Scholarship in 2017, won second prize in the International Young Musician competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in 2018 and came third at the International Harp Festival in Caernarfon that same year. Manon is passionate about making classical music enjoyable and accessible to people, and she provides this experience with her ‘Mad Harpist’s Tea Party’, offering homemade cakes and snacks before an informal recital with interesting and entertaining comments about the pieces and composers.