Golden harpist Claire Jones in Manchester Camerata Coronation Hall season opener (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Golden harpist Claire Jones in Manchester Camerata Coronation Hall season opener
MANCHESTER Camerata returns to Ulverston’s Coronation Hall for its new season on Thursday, September 19 (7.30pm) sharing the platform with the golden girl of harp.
The world class ensemble and its inspirational music director, Gábor Takács-Nagy, will be joined by former harpist to the Prince of Wales Claire Jones, who will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra alongside the camerata’s principal flute Amina Hussain.
Completing the programme will be Mozart’s energetic, inventive and joyous Symphony No 29 and a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary with the composer’s Simple Symphony and Prelude and Fugue for 18 Strings.
Born in Pembrokeshire, Wales in 1985, Claire began her musical education at the age of seven.
After excelling at the violin, piano and harp, she graduated as a harpist from the Royal College of Music with first class honours in 2007.
Claire was one of the first recipients of the Prince of Wales Advanced Study Awards in 2007 and 2008, which recognised her as one of Wales' most outstanding young talents.
In 2007, Claire was appointed Official Harpist to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, a role she held until 2011, making her the longest serving royal harpist to date. During her illustrious appointment, Claire regularly performed for the Royal family and their distinguished guests and in April 2011 she performed for the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their wedding reception in Buckingham Palace.
In 2008, Claire made her concerto debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and since then has gone on to perform as a soloist with some of the world's leading orchestras and a solo appearance with Maestro Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet.
Claire’s highly acclaimed 2012 Classic FM album release The Girl with the Golden Harp features a blend of well-known themes from the world of classical music, opera and film, and new arrangements of Welsh folksongs.
Meanwhile, Samantha McShane has recently taken up the role of head of creative programming for Manchester Camerata and will discuss the music of Britten and Mozart in a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm, which is free to concert ticket holders.
The orchestra returns to the Coro on January 2 and February 6.
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