Prince Charles Appoints New Royal Harpist


photo by Timothy Ellis

Anne Denholm is the new Royal Harpist to HRH the Prince of Wales. Denholm recently graduated with her master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music in London. She is the fifth harpist to be appointed to the post since it was reinstated in 2000. Prior to that the last Royal Harpist was appointed in 1871. Catrin Finch was the first harpist to hold the post in the modern era. She was followed by Jemima Philips, Claire Jones, and most recently Hannah Stone.

Previously, English harpist John Chatterton (1805-1871) served as Royal Harpist, as did his student, Welsh harpist John Thomas (1826-1913) who was appointed in 1871 as Royal Harpist to Queen Victoria and continued as King Edward’s harpist until his death in 1913.

You can read Harp Column’s interview with former Royal Harpist Claire Jones in our July/August 2011 issue where she talks about her tenure and her experience playing for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.



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