Royal Harpist Appointments

  • Spectator
    Calista Anne Koch on #150491

    Does anyone know how to (quickly) locate the list of Royal Harpists
    of England from 1870 back?

    Participant
    carl-swanson on #150492

    Call Prince Charles!

    Spectator
    Calista Anne Koch on #150493

    Carl,

    You crack me up!!!

    Participant
    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #150494

    I got this info by googling royal harpists: Past Royal Harpists include: William More
    (sixteenth century), harpist to Henry VIII; Cormack MacDermott (1605); Philip Squire
    (1618); Lewis Williams/Evans, harpist to James I, Charles I, and Charles II; Charles Evans
    (1660); William Powell (died 1750), for whom Handel wrote his Harp Concerto, and the
    blind harpist John Parry (1710-1782), harpists to the Prince of Wales; John Balsir
    Chatterton (1840) and John Thomas (1871), harpists to Queen Victoria. Now Catrin Finch is
    the Royal Harpist.

    Spectator
    Calista Anne Koch on #150495

    Fabulous!

    Spectator
    Calista Anne Koch on #150496

    Also, just in case anyone reads this post, Miss Finch was appointed in 2000, and served 2 terms (2 years a piece).

    Participant
    Tacye on #150497

    Thomas Thomas just suffered from sibling rivalry…

    Participant
    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #150498

    When one of these harpists visited the washroom, did they experience a “royal flush”?

    Participant
    unknown-user on #150499

    Hi Calista,

    Many thanks for putting the record straight.

    Jemima

    Participant
    unknown-user on #150500

    Just wanted to update this thread…

    Apparently Claire Jones is the current Royal Harpist… Here’s the bbc news link:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_west/6719685.stm

    And her website link:

    http://www.clairejones.co.uk/lnewsroyalengagements.html

    Ms. Jones as well as the previous (-ly mentioned in this thread) Royal Harpists’ albums are available on iTunes…

    For a brief history of Royal Harpists – I found this on wikipedia:

    The Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales is a position within the Royal Household. In 2000,

    Keymaster
    HBrock25 on #150501

    Does anyone know how the royal harpists ( Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales) is chosen — in modern times — and in historical times?

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