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Sioned Williams

Emeritus Fellow - Harp


Area of Work

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Since 1990 Sioned Williams has combined her position as Principal Harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with recitals, concertos, broadcasting, recording, researching and teaching both in the UK and abroad. As a soloist, Sioned has performed all the major concertos, as well as more unusual repertoire in major concert halls, on radio live and television, with orchestras such as the City of London Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

As an orchestral musician, Sioned has appeared with every major UK orchestra, as well as West End theatre and film orchestras.

Sioned is also well-known for her work with choirs. These include the Liszt Choir in Hungary, the choir of Christchurch, Oxford, the BBC Singers, Bernstein with Westminster Abbey and The Bach Choir. She has also given recitals with many singers and instrumentalists including Michael Chance, Martyn Hill, Steven Isserlis, Neil Mackie, Aurèle Nicolet, Mark Padmore, Andrew Watts, Jeremy Huw Williams, and Roderick Williams. Many of Sioned’s commercial recordings on Hyperion, EMI Classics, Collins Classics, Meridian and Proudsound have won awards and accolades. Apart from her solo CDs, she has partnered with James Galway, The Holst Singers, Lisa Milne, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Frederica von Stade, The Choir of Kings College Cambridge, The Sixteen, Westminster Cathedral Choir, and Winchester Quiristers on disc.

Sioned devised the renowned Professional Studies Course for Harpists at Trinity Laban, where she now holds the position of Senior Fellow in Harp Studies. In 2003, Sioned received her fourth fellowship, from the Royal Academy of Music, for her contribution to music. In 2005, Sioned was a consultant for the Geneva Conservatoire of Music in setting up a comprehensive harp department there.