Our current president, Sioned Williams will officially step down from her role at the World Harp Congress in Cardiff this Summer. After her wonderful presentation and tribute to the UKHA at our recent online AGM, we were delighted to be able to announce that Elinor Bennett will succeed Sioned as president. Elinor is already a veteran of the committee, having been involved on a number of levels since the inception of the association. Elinor stated that ‘I wish to thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to be the next President of the UKHA - an organisation that is very close to my heart. I am deeply grateful for the honour - and also aware of the responsibilities that it brings. Taking on the Presidency after Sioned will be a very hard act to follow - she has done a magnificent job.’ We could not agree more with her comments on Sioned’s fantastic service. We are equally honoured to have Elinor as our new president, and look forward to her wisdom and input in the next chapter for the association.
SIONED WILLIAMS- HONORARY MEMBERSHIP
The committee of the United Kingdom Harp Association is delighted to present Sioned Williams, our long-time president, with an honorary membership in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the association. Sioned became president upon the passing of John Marson back in 2007 and since then has been an indefatigable worker (and diplomat) on our behalf.Her boundless energy for the harp (and everyone who loves it) has meant that no detail is too small, and no room for improvement overlooked. Not only has she been president for these 13 years, but she's been a member almost since the inception of the organization, and has done numerous stints on the committee. It is interesting to note that Sioned was only the third harpist to ever hold the position of principal Harpist of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and only the fifth to hold the title of UKHA president! Sioned will step down at the World Harp Congress in Cardiff, 2022. This will bring a fitting close to her official activities as president – though knowing Sioned, we know we can rely on her warmhearted involvement and attention. We also know that this will give Sioned more time to focus on her vital and fascinating research, particularly on the works of John Thomas. Thank you, Sioned
Wild Strings collection now available as a PDF download
Want the UKHA Wild Strings Jazz & Pop Harp Collection on your tablet? In a foreign country and can’t yet buy a copy? Want to take a Trinity exam with a jazz piece? Can’t wait to hear what the pieces sound like?
As of March 2021, the book is available in PDF format from poppyharp.com HERE UKHA members can find their discount code on the Wild Strings page in our Members Area.
Videos for at least 6 pieces, including most of the Trinity syllabus selections, are published on the UKHA youtube channel:HERE
We’re really excited about making this publication available worldwide, letting the legacy of Wild Strings live on. This collection, written by artists connected to the 2018 festival, shows part of the great UK jazz harp potential. And what better mascot than our favourite tiger to carry the imagination, skill and dedication in the UK further afield!
The collection includes pieces for solo harp (lever & pedal), ensemble, and voice & harp. Five of these are on the new Trinity Syllabus. We hope you love them! If you or any of your students play a Wild Strings piece let us know what you think with the hashtag #wildstrings.
The UKHA Wild Strings Jazz & Pop Harp Collection 2018 is still available in hard copy at Poppyharp.com, The Harp Studio, Camac Harps Wales, Morley Harps, the Jazz Harp Foundation and at UKHA events. Proceeds go to the UKHA on behalf of Wild Strings to help us support jazz and pop harp in the UK.