Lunchtime Concert

16th Aug 2016 1pm - 16th Aug 2016 2pm Event Type: Concert

Lunchtime performance by Claire Jones (harp). Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken to help defray costs.

Programme: 

Leonard Bernstein - Overture from Candide
William Kroll - Banjo and Fiddle
Camille Saint-Saens - Carnival of the Animals: The Swan
Chris Marshall - 3 Dances - I. Syrian Dance III. Spanish Dance
Elfman arr. Marshall - Ice Dance

Leonard Bernstein arr. Marshall - West Side Story Suite: Somewhere, America
Chris Marshall - The Teifi Suite: II. Corracles VI. Estuary
Astor Piazzola arr. Marshall - Libertango

Biographies

Claire Jones

International concert harpist Claire Jones was born in Wales. She has a first class BMus(hons) degree from The Royal College of Music and an MA from the Royal Academy of Music, London. She is a former Royal Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, and became a household name in 2011 when she performed at the Royal Wedding for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. This led to almost 1000 TV and radio network interviews worldwide, including ABC, NBC, CBC and Fox news in the USA.

Claire made her concerto debut with the English Chamber Orchestra in 2007, and a year later she performed a Royal commission concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Since then, Claire has gone on to perform as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, City of Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, European Union Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Welsh National Opera to name only a few.

Solo career highlights include concerto tour appearances with Sir James Galway; guest appearance with Maestro Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner and Owain Arwel Hughes OBE; recitals at Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall (London), Capitol Hill (USA), City Hall (Hong Kong), International Harp Festival (Brazil) and the Millennium Stadium (Wales); concert performances alongside Bryn Terfel, Alfie Bow, Elin Manahan Thomas and Claire Rutter; a duo recording with Julian Lloyd Webber; and recordings with The National Youth Choir of Scotland, Capital Arts Children’s choir, Patrick Hawes, and James Turnbull.

Claire is no stranger to the classical charts with both The Highgrove Suite, and her own album on the Classic FM Label, The Girl with the Golden Harp reaching number three in the classical charts in 2012. Her new album, Journey was released on Silva Screen Classics on March 1st 2015.  As with The Girl with a Golden Harp, most of the tracks have been arranged for harp and strings by Claire’s husband, percussionist and composer Chris Marshall. This album reached number 2 in the UK Classical Charts, and is her most personal to date. It reflects her own journey to wellness having been diagnosed with ME in 2013. Claire is now fully recovered from her illness, and the album has inspired many, resulting in sell out shows during the Journey UK tour. Claire is a firm favourite on Classic FM playlists, and her albums have been released worldwide.

Passionate about promoting her instrument to the masses, Claire is proud to be an ambassador for The Prince of Wales’s Children and the Arts Foundation and is the face of international jewellery company, Clogau.

Claire was awarded an honorary Associateship from the Royal Academy of Music London in 2016 for significant contribution to her profession.

Chris Marshall

Cardiff born Chris Marshall graduated from Trinity College of Music with a BMus(hons) degree in 2003. Since then he has travelled extensively performing and composing internationally.

Performing credits include the BBC symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, London Mozart Players, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Chris has also worked on many productions in London's West End and international touring shows.  These include; We Will Rock You, Wizard of Oz, Zorro, West Side Story, Evita, and Elf the Musical.

Chris has a passion for playing instruments from all around the world, and it has resulted in seeing him perform on recording sessions for TV and film. He also performs as part of C2 duet with his wife, and former Official Harpist to HRH Prince Charles - Claire Jones. This unique duo has travelled extensively throughout the UK and in the USA.

Chris balances his performance schedule with a flourishing career as a composer and arranger. His growing portfolio of compositions, includes the music for Heartstrings which was recorded for Classic FM/Decca in 2012 and was featured on Claire Jones’ album - Girl With The Golden Harp which reached number 3 in the classical charts.

Recently, Chris has composed Bluestone and arranged many tracks on Claire’s latest chart topping album Journey. In addition, Chris has composed music for TV adverts including a track for Clogau, shown internationally, and for ‘Fishermans Friends’ currently showing in the USA.

At the moment, he is working on his first film and TV series with Capture Studios in the USA alongside producing and arranging a new album with the Portuguese singer, Yolanda Soares.

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