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Williams, Sioned (harp)
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Sioned Williams (harp)

Born in Wales, Sioned Williams is one of the most outstanding harpists of her generation. After her initial success in competitions and in gaining awards and scholarships she became known on the concert platform worldwide, regularly appearing in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall.

Sioned combines her work as Principal Harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra with solo appearances, recordings and teaching. She has taken part in all the major British festivals, as well as many festivals in Europe, America, Japan and elsewhere. Her schedule in recent years has included a concerto appearance with William Bennett and the ECO at the Barbican, the first modern-day performance of Adagio by John Thomas with the BBC Welsh SO, and recitals with such artists as Neil Mackie, Malcolm Messiter, Michael Chance and Martyn Hill.

Sioned has accompanied the choir of Christ Church, Oxford, performed with Aurèle Nicolet in the Cheltenham Fesival, and appeared with the BBC Singers in the Janácek Festival at the Barbican. She has appeared in the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Symphony Chorus in Brahms's songs for choir, harp and horns and performed and broadcast Glière's Romantic Concerto. She has performed with The Sixteen at St John's Smith Square, and in September 1997 gave the first performance of a work for solo harp by Pizzetti on Radio 3.

Sioned's impressive list of commercial recordings includes Britten's Canticle No 5 with Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Britten's A Ceremony of Carols with the choristers of Westminster Cathedral, and works by Holst with the Holst Singers—all on Hyperion. Sioned broadcasts extensively on television, Radios 2, 3 and 4, and has had her own series 'Affairs of the Harp' on Radio 4 and the World Service.

Albums
'Britten: A Ceremony of Carols' (CDA66220)
Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
Buy by post £10.50 CDA66220 
'Britten: The Five Canticles' (CDH55244)
Britten: The Five Canticles
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55244  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Christmas through the ages' (NOEL1)
Christmas through the ages
NOEL1  Super-budget price sampler — Download only  
'Holst: This have I done for my true love & other choral works' (CDH55171)
Holst: This have I done for my true love & other choral works
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55171  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Land of Heart's Desire' (CDH55204)
Land of Heart's Desire
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55204  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2' (HYP20)
The Essential Hyperion, Vol. 2
HYP20  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
A day in the cornfield, I a-reapin'  First line to Islay Reaper's Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
A ho hi … hirrum bo! Early sails she to the reiving  First line to The Reiving Ship (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
A Spinning Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
A Thirteenth-century Love Lilt (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Aignish on the machair (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
An Eriskay love lilt (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
An Eriskay Lullaby (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
As dew in Aprille  No 5 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
As down by the shore I wander early at morn  First line to Isle of my Heart (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Aye, my lad, I've borne my creel  First line to The Crone's Creel (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Balulalow  No 4b of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Behold, a silly tender babe  First line to In freezing winter night, No 8 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Benbecula Bridal Procession (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Birds at the Fairy Fulling (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Canticle V 'The Death of Saint Narcissus', Op 89 (Britten)
Caristiona (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Come under the shadow of this gray rock  First line to Canticle V 'The Death of Saint Narcissus', Op 89 (Britten)
Dance to your shadow (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Deo gracias  No 10 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Far I hear the galloping galley  First line to The Ship at Sea (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Heart of Fire-love (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Hodie Christus natus est  First line to Procession, No 1 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
I dal a du vil, I dal a du ho ro  First line to The cockle gatherer (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
I sing of a maiden  First line to As dew in Aprille, No 5 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
In freezing winter night  No 8 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
In pride, high, leapest thou  First line to The Leaping Galley (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Islay Reaper's Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Isle of my Heart (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Kirsteen (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Kishmul's Galley (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Lad and lass thegither  First line to Loch Broom Love Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Land of Heart's Desire (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Late at night alone in the sheiling  First line to The Uncanny Mannikin of the Cattlefold (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Loch Broom Love Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Loch Leven Love Lament (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Love gave I to thee, my lover  First line to A Spinning Song (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
My babe on a curling green wave  First line to An Eriskay Lullaby (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
O Brighde! 'Tis seaward, the dreamland, the youth land  First line to The Coolin of Rhum (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
O my deare hert, young Jesu sweit  First line to Balulalow, No 4b of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Out at sea, fair is she  First line to The Birlinn of the White Shoulders (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser/Bantock)
Pleasure it is  First line to Spring Carol, No 9 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Procession  No 1 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Recession  No 11 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Sailing with thee thro' seas of Erin  First line to Sea Wandering (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Sea Wandering (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Sea-longing (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser/Bantock)
Skye Water-Kelpie's Lullaby (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Sleeps the noon in the deep blue sky (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Sore sea-longing in my heart  First line to Sea-longing (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser/Bantock)
Spring  No 1 of Two Eastern Pictures, H112 (Holst)
Spring Carol  No 9 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Summer  No 2 of Two Eastern Pictures, H112 (Holst)
That yongë child  No 4a of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
The Birlinn of the White Shoulders (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser/Bantock)
The Black Loorgin 'A Hebridean Seafaring Song' (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The cockle gatherer (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Coolin of Rhum (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Crone's Creel (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Harper (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Leaping Galley (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Reiving Ship (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Ship at Sea (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Uncanny Mannikin of the Cattlefold (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Wild Swan (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
The Witchery Milking Croon (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
There is no rose  No 3 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
This little babe  No 6 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
Two Eastern Pictures, H112 (Holst)
Uist Cattle Croon (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Vair me o rovan o, vair me o rovan ee  First line to An Eriskay love lilt (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Who will walk with thee, Kirsteen  First line to Kirsteen (Anon/Kennedy-Fraser)
Wolcum Yole!  No 2 of A Ceremony of Carols, Op 28 (Britten)
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