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Claire Jones: Bio

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 and in 2009 graduated as an M.A. scholar from the Royal Academy of Music. Claire was one of the first recipients of the Prince of Wales Advanced Study Awards in 2007 and 2008. This award 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 this appointment, Claire regularly performed for the Royal Family and their distinguished guests at the Royal Palaces. 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 including the English Chamber, Zurich Chamber, European Union Chamber, and a solo appearance with Maestro Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet. Career highlights include concerto tour appearances with Sir James Galway; a guest appearance at the International Harp Festival in Rio de Janeiro; solo recitals in Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall, 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.

Claire is passionate about promoting her instrument as well as performing, and regularly visits schools and communities to speak and demonstrate.

Claire is an ambassador for The Prince of Wales's Children and the Arts Foundation and is the face of international jewellery company, Clogau Gold.

1 Ladies in Lavender
2 Scarborough Fair
3 All Through The Night
4 Poem
5 Love Actually
6 Heartstrings
7 The Flower Duet
8 Toss the Feathers
9 O My Beloved Father
10 Bluestone
11 La danse des Sylphes
12 Go to Sleep my Baby
13 Song to the Moon
14 10 Woodland Sketches
15 Theme from Downton Abbey

Welsh harpist Claire Jones, acclaimed for her "virtuosity, enthusiasm, and showmanship" (Daily Mail UK), became a household name in Britain and recognized around the world when she performed at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace in April 2011. Now, Silva Classics (Silva Screen Records) is releasing Royal Harp Strings, a gorgeous selection of classical and folk arrangements for harp and string orchestra. A compilation of two top-charting albums in the UK, the music on Royal Harp Strings is being released for the first time in North America to coincide with Jones' American tour. Claire Jones first came to international attention in 2007 when she was named official harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales; over the course of her four-year tenure she performed at over 180 royal engagements, including private recitals for the Queen.

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