A Set of Recent Reviews of Sioned’s Work

SHORT REVIEWS-AUTUMN 2013

 

RECITALWilliams’ performance was a breath-taking and beautiful display of musicianship and research, which demonstrated unequivocally the range and vitality of the repertoire for this instrument

Jim Driscoll – Ashleywood Festival 2012


 

RECITAL It was a delightful concert, a great honour to write for you, and I meant every word I said afterwards. You captured the POETRY of the piece perfectly, the fantastic little grace-note groups, the delicately melancholic sense and phrasing of the melodies, the resonances held for just the right amount of time, and the overall shaping, everything was perfect. ….That you managed to capture this exactly as I had imagined, was – as I told you – ‘magical’.

Michael Finnissy- RWCMD October 2013


 

CONCERTO Life is nothing if we don’t take risks, and when they are calculated and in the hands of the best people, then the results are always worthwhile. You did a superb job! 

Paul Hughes BBCSO Manager – Graham Fitkin’s MIDI harp concerto 2011


 

ORCHESTRA

In the Param Vir, there’s .harp writing to match Britten’s, gleaming in the hands of the incomparable Sioned Williams.

David Nice – Proms 2013


 

LECTUREan exceptional lecture by Sioned Williams about ‘Collaborating with Composers’. ‘an excellent evening and the most innovative music discussion I have ever experienced’  

Prof. Anita Simmons, 2011 RAM lecture


 

MASTERCLASS  Both the participant and the listener leave the experience satisfied. Perhaps the most thrilling part of her classes is when she sits at the harp and we are made aware of her formidable technique and the sheer sound that emanates from the instrument. She might faultlessly play an extract of any given piece or demonstrate a tricky exercise that might alleviate a technical issue.  It is clear that Sioned is comfortable in any musical context, whether it is teaching (both publically and privately); playing in the orchestra; or giving solo recitals, yet she still maintains an admirable humility. 

Murdo Macrae – Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2013


 

RECORDING

Sioned Williams’ reading of the Deux Danses is so alluring and natural that you forget that these were actually commissioned as killer exam pieces for the Brussels Conservatory. With a sure sense of structure underpinning both movements, Williams gives us a lilting, hymnal ‘Danse Sacrée’, full of innocent joie de vivre, followed by a Danse Profane whose swirling, decadent climax is breath-takingly seductive.

Charlotte Gardner – BBC WEB 2012


 

Sandbach Concert Reviews

REVIEW OF SPIRALLING 60TH EVENT IN SANDBACH 

 

The (Sandbach) Chronicle   3/10/13

….Sioned Williams wowed the audience with her harp playing.. she was absolutely brilliant

 

 

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 As chief harpist in the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sioned had virtually come straight from the hectic schedule of the Proms, not to mention all her other musical commitments. Covering English music from the 16th – 20th centuries, Sioned’s inspirational playing created a joyous evening, enhanced by her explanation of each piece. Particularly poignant was the story of the Welsh valley that was submerged to provide water for a nearby city.  One audience comment after the concert summed up the evening: ” It’s the first time I’ve heard music and really understood what it was all about”.  Then there was the couple attending their first concert who bought season tickets for the series before the evening’s end.

But above all, the sight of Sioned, sitting surrounded by young musicians after the concert, and no doubt quite exhausted, chatting and probably giving them the benefit of her experience, seemed to “say it all”!

Sylvia Scott