Alis Huws has been named the official harpist to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The sixth harpist to hold the title since Prince Charles reinstated the position in 2000, Huws succeeds Anne Denholm, who was appointed in 2015. Previous harpists occupying the role include Catrin Finch, Jemima Phillips, Claire Jones, and Hannah Stone. Huws shares, “I’m really looking forward to taking over from Anne Denholm as HRH’s official harpist, especially having the opportunity to play the royal harp, a gift to HRH by the Victor Salvi Foundation. It’s a beautiful instrument to both play and look at!” Built in 2006, the special edition Prince of Wales harp is decorated with traditional Welsh symbols and took six months to complete.
Huws, who just finished her master’s degree at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, is also excited to use this opportunity to promote Welsh culture and to further her community–driven projects. “I’m hoping to be able to use this role to be an ambassador for outreach work, and to help highlight music in both a care and education setting. I truly believe in the importance of taking music to your audience rather than expecting it to happen the other way around.”
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