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Royal Harpist Gears Up for Royal Wedding

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Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 7:49 AM
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Pictured here is royal harpist Claire Jones, along with her harp. Claire Jones is from Crymych, which--for those of you who aren't in the know-- is a small village of around 400 inhabitants in the north of Pembrokeshire, Wales. She became the official harpist to the Prince of Wales in 2007--the third in a line of three official harpists after the tradition was revived in the year 2000. The last official harpist, Jemima Phillips, spiraled into drug addiction and narrowly escaped a prison sentence, as the Daily Mail helpfully reports. Here is a short interview with the BBC wherein Claire Jones shows off her chops with some pretty arpeggios and glissandos for your listening pleasure.

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