As part of the British council's celebrations for The Dylan Thomas 100, composer Chris Marshall was commissioned to write a new work for Harp that would follow the life of Wales' most famous poet. The piece was written for Solo Harp, Strings and Narrator and is about 25 minutes long. The premiere was in the British Residence, New York City. The piece was performed by Claire as the
soloist, the Delphi Strings and Trefor Ellis narrating who is the son-in-law of Dylan Thomas himself. Audience members included Bryn Terfal, Carwyn Jones, Hannah Ellis and Danny Lopez. All of which expressed their support and appreciation for the piece and Claire's performance as the soloist.
Trefor Ellis commented on the second movement of the piece entitled "Caitlin"
"You really captured her in this piece, the gigue was Mum all over....."
Future performances for the piece include concerts in the United States, a Welsh premiere and performances throughout the UK.
Claire has had a very busy summer performing solo at many venues throughout the UK. Guildford International Music Festival, Beauminster Festival, Buxton Festival, Henley Festival and Llandeilo Festival to name a few!
Claire performed alongside Evelyn Glennie and Noah Stewart at Llangollen
International Eisteddfod on Wednesday 10th July. The performance included many
pieces from her various albums, including Girl with the Golden Harp for Classic
FM, and her Concerto album. The gala concert was televised on S4C!
On 24th May, Friday Night is Music Night started the summer with a garden themed
show presented by Vanessa Feltz. Claire took to the stage with the British
Concert Orchestra performing arrangements by her husband, Chris Marshall, which
included To a Wild Rose.
Claire was delighted to be invited to perform a solo recital at the end of April at the Chequers for the COE George Osbourne and G7 finance ministers from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan. It was an exciting evening for Claire and enjoyed by all in attendance.
On Sunday 21st April, Claire conducted a master class for students of all ages
at Calvary Church for the American Harp Society.
The next day Claire
performed a solo recital kindly supported by the Allegheny Historic Preservation
Society, and the Pittsburg Welsh Society. The concert was broadcast on WQED-FM
and also in Johnstown, PA.
Claire travelled to the Spencerville Adventist Academy where she performed a
solo concert which was the start of the Washington DC Harp Chapter. On Friday
26th April, the day started with a master class and concluded with a sell-out
concert at Trinity Episcopal Church. We are pleased to report that this was the
first of three sell out concerts, which all received standing ovations! Claire
and her management are very grateful to all the organisers for their hard work,
and the warm welcome.
Classic FM brought their Classic FM Live concert to Wales for the very first time. This evening at Wales Millennium Centre, the line up of Claire Jones, Tenor Wynne Evans and pianist HJ Lim, accompanied by the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, performed to a packed out auditorium.
As a wedding gift to Claire, who is an ambassador for international jewellery brand Clogau, the company based in Wales made bespoke wedding rings for Claire and Chris.
"I'm overwhelmed by Clogau's generosity and by the beauty and craftsmanship of the rings. They are just perfect. We will treasure them always." Said Claire.
Today, Claire Jones and her fiancé, musician and composer Chris Marshall tied the knot. The beautiful wedding service at Blaenffos Chapel near Claire's childhood home in Crymych was attended by friends, family and some famous friends from the world of music and fashion, including Connie Fisher and David Emanuel who designed Claire's stunning wedding gown.
With music in their blood, Jones and Marshall, who met at the Royal Academy of Music, had been carefully selecting the entertainment for their big day and it was certainly a musical event, featuring a 50 strong local choir, solo violinist, numerous harpists a brass quintet, and three bands during the evening.
Chris Marshall wrote the beautiful theme 'Heartstrings' as a gift for Claire on their engagement in Rio. It has become one of the most popular downloads from Claire's album on the Classic FM Label 'Girl with the Golden Harp'.