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A Conversation With Royal Harpist Claire Jones

Claire Jones.
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Claire Jones.

Farrar Hudkins speaks with Welsh-born harpist Claire Jones.

Welsh-born harpist Claire Jones has released her third CD -- her first in the United States -- "Royal Harp Strings," with the strings of the London Mozart Players and the English Chamber Orchestra, on the Silva Classics recording label.

Her husband, composer and percussionist Chris Marshall, arranged the music.

I spoke with Claire Jones about the CD, being a Royal Harpist, the illness that paused her career for almost two years, and other aspects of her whirlwind life.

For fifteen years, from August 2001 to May 2016, Farrar Hudkins was one of WWNO’s most familiar voices, serving the station as Announcer/Producer, Chief Announcer, Chief Classical Announcer/Producer, and interim Music Manager. From 2007-2016, he programmed all classical music for our classical stream, and over his fifteen years he interviewed many musicians, including Joshua Bell, Carlos Miguel Prieto, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and Emmanuel Ax. Farrar participated in New Orleans' musical community as a trumpet player. Today Farrar is still present on New Orleans Public Radio as the voice of many WWNO and Classical 104.9 underwriters, working for us from his home in South Florida.