Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales
The Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales is a position within the Royal Household. In 2000, Charles, Prince of Wales revived a tradition of having Welsh harpists, which was the first time the post has been occupied since it was last granted to John Thomas in 1871 by Queen Victoria.
The harp is an important national instrument in Wales, and although the role of Official Harpist was discontinued during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Prince of Wales restored the position in 2000 in order to foster and encourage young musical talent in Wales and the UK and to raise the profile of the harp as an instrument.
List of official harpists
- Catrin Finch, 2000 to 2004 
- Jemima Phillips, 2004 to 2007 
- Claire Jones, 2007 to 2011 
- Hannah Stone, 2011 onwards
- Prince presented with new harp "TRH continue their annual tour of Wales". Prince of Wales website. Retrieved 2006-07-05.[dead link]
- Biography "Catrin Finch Official Harpist". BBC Wales website. Retrieved 2008-04-01.[dead link]
- Appointment of "Jemima Phillips Official Harpist". Prince of Wales website. Retrieved 2004-07-14.
- Appointment of "Claire Jones Official Harpist". Prince of Wales website. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
- "Prince Charles visits mid Wales and unveils new harpist". BBC News Online. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2011.